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Prodigal: Is I’m Sorry Enough?

May 14, 2019

The most used phrase on Mother’s Day will not be “I love you”, but “I’m sorry”. How many of you have used a Mother’s Day card to apologize to your mother?

Is “I’m Sorry” enough?
Jonah 3:1-3 Then the Lord spoke to Jonah a second time: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.”
3 This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command and went to Nineveh, a city so large that it took three days to see it all.

The words “I'm sorry” can be incredible, even life-altering. But our “I’m sorry” will soon fall flat if our actions don’t also say “I’m sorry”.

Repentance releases God’s power in our life.

“One act of obedience is better than 100 sermons.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Our obedience leads us into “enemy territory”.


Matthew 5:43-45 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 
Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Jonah 3:4-10 4 On the day Jonah entered the city, he shouted to the crowds: “Forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed!” 5 The people of Nineveh believed God’s message, and from the greatest to the least, they declared a fast and put on burlap to show their sorrow. 6 When the king of Nineveh heard what Jonah was saying, he stepped down from his throne and took off his royal robes. He dressed himself in burlap and sat on a heap of ashes. 7 Then the king and his nobles sent this decree throughout the city:
“No one, not even the animals from your herds and flocks, may eat or drink anything at all. 8 People and animals alike must wear garments of mourning, and everyone must pray earnestly to God. They must turn from their evil ways and stop all their violence. 9 Who can tell? Perhaps even yet God will change his mind and hold back his fierce anger from destroying us.” 10 When God saw what they had done and how they had put a stop to their evil ways, he changed his mind and did not carry out the destruction he had threatened.

Our obedience fuels opportunities for others’ repentance.

  • Individual obedience has community benefits
  • Individual disobedience has community consequences.

Why do we repent?

  • Social
  • Natural
  • Emotional
  • Relational
  • Financial
  • Spiritual

Repentance releases God’s power in their life.