Maybe repentance isn’t a threat at all; maybe it’s an invitation. Maybe, “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” means “hey, walk away from that junk, because there’s a better way that’s here.” Maybe repentance is God’s way of saying, “I have such deeper waters for you to swim in.” Maybe repentance is Jesus’ way of saying, “Listen, you can live that way, but it’s just going to bring you pain. There’s life over here if you want it. There’s healing over here if you want it. Won’t you walk this way? Oh, I know, I know, I know.
I know your shame; I know your guilt; I know your despair; I know you think that I heal everybody else, but you’ve just gone too far; I get it. My yoke is easy, My burden is light. Come on. Walk away. Come to Me. Approach My power with confidence that it can heal you. Approach My power, knowing that that guilt and shame and despair that you feel, I felt, and I long to lift it from you. I long to lift it from you.” That’s the Gospel.
God doesn’t force people to love Him. He’s not weak. That’s a weak man’s play, to force someone to do something. He just has to show who He is. And when God shows who He is, no man can say no to that. The soul, upon seeing what it was created for, will be in glad joyful submission unto salvation.