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Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile” (Psalms 32:2).

Jesus taught His disciples how to pray (Matthew 6:9); did He not also tell them how to repent? He considered it very important because His ministry message was “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is approaching” (Matthew 4:17).

WORKS. Works” can refer to any deeds (e.g., works of the flesh, Galatians 5:19). In the context of Romans 4:1-8 the Spirit's argument is that God's grace is not given because of a person's works that pertainto the flesh(verse 1). God's favor (grace) is available to ones who like Abraham believe God's promises (the context in Genesis 15:6). Belief is defined as a work from the heart (Romans 10:10), not the flesh. It is a work of God (John 6:28,29). The fleshly works referred to in Romans 4 is not talking about the works authorized by God.

God's “favor”i (grace) is available to ones who repent of their works of the flesh like King David did (quoted from Psalm 32). Repentance is a work required of the spirit of man (Psalms 32:2; compare to 2 Corinthians 7:10's “working repentance”). Like “belief”, is it not a work of God?

In Psalms 32 David pictures repentance as a beatitude. This single beatitude compares to the eight “Beatitudes” of Jesus in Matthew 5. Those Beatitudes are an example of Jesus' preaching which was “repentance” (Matthew 4:17). Both Jesus and David begin with “Blessed is the man” (Psalms 32:2) and Jesus describes what I suggest for our purpose are eight steps of godly repentance (2 Corinthians 7:9).

DEFINITIONS. The English meaning of beatitudeii is “Supreme blessedness or happiness.” The word “repent” means to “think differently; i.e., reconsider morally; compunction; reversal.” In the “Beatitudes”, Jesus gives the steps graphically of acceptable repentance. It is similar to viewing a series of progressive movie clips.

STEP 1. ACKNOWLEDGING A SPIRITUAL BEGGAR. First, David recognized that he was destitute and a spiritual beggar. David said, “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.” Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). “Poor in spirit” is “ptōssōG4434 “one that crouches; a beggar (as cringing); a pauper” (Strong's). Jesus uses a key word of hope for the repentant ones with the word “blessed.” Blessed or “happiness” is “for” (hoti G3754 , Strong's: “causatively because”). It is not that such a state as poverty in spirit is ideal. David certainly clarifies that. The point is that there is hope offered by our Loving God in Jesus' Kingdom (reign) of Heaven! That's where the happiness is to be found.

STEP 2. BEING SORRY FOR YOUR SINS.Blessed are they that mourn” (v.4). A sinner must be really sorry for his spiritual poverty. “Mourn” is “pentheoG3996, to grieve” for his condition. For godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret” (2 Corinthians 7:10. RV). The “sorrow” here means “of persons mourning.” This sorrow fully works repentance that saves and will bring gladness. David, likewise, suffered from the terrors of remorse: “many sorrows shall be to the wicked” (10).