What it really means to repent
January 17, 2013
“Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out…”
In his famous book,I Surrender, Patrick Morley writes that many of the problems in the church today lie in the misconception “that we can add Christ to our lives, but not subtract sin. It is a change in belief without a change in behavior.”
Now, that change in behavior, which the Bible calls repentance is not something that you change yourself. Instead, repentance is the act of God changing you from the inside out. So, when Jesus said, “…unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5), He meant that repentance is a key indicator of salvation.
Many people in church today may say, “Oh, I joined the church. I walked down an aisle. I was baptized!” But unless you repent by saying, “God, I’m sorry for my sin,” you’ll never truly experience what it means to receive the grace of God in your life.
So today, if you’ve never truly repented, pray and tell God that you want to turn from sin. Let Him know that He is preeminent in your life and that you want to follow Him instead of the ways of the world. When you do that, you’ll not only have a clear conscience, but you’ll be sure you can experience eternal life with Him!
ONE OF THE KEY ASPECTS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS REPENTANCE. SO IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, TELL GOD TODAY THAT YOU WANT TO TURN FROM SIN AND LIVE FOR HIM!
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