Matthew 11:20–24 (ESV)
Woe to Unrepentant Cities
20 Then he [Jesus] began to denounce the cities where most of his mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if
the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 23 And
you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more tolerable
on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you.”
The key word in today’s reading is repent. What does repent mean? If you
are new to the faith or a nonbeliever… this may be a new term. Repent means to feel remorse for; to be sorry; to be contrite about; to regret; or to console oneself. It means to be sorry and to want to stop doing it… to turn 180 degrees
and go the opposite way. There is a serious spiritual problem if you don’t want to repent of your sins. In fact… it was part of John the Baptist message: “To repent and to be baptized…” If we are not sorry
or we have no intention to stop what we are doing… then we are not repentant.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and I want to do better.
Help me to walk according to your ways. Amen.