|Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"|
|Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?|
Peter's famous sermon at the Pentecost had the most unusual reaction.
Whereas these Jews from around the world could have easily said, "We're out of here!", instead they were "cut to the heart".
When one looks at the history of revivals, repentance has been the initial activity that started God's renewal of a community. How do you view repentance? As a wonder of God's grace or a necessary evil?
In order to experience revolution in our lives, we must see repentance as an ally, and not a foe. The grace filled life responds to the work of the Holy Spirit with the ancient question, "What shall I do?", then is passionate to change according to God's leading.