When was the last time you prayed for God to point out your sins and help you correct them?
Unfortunately, genuine repentance is lacking in the church lately. People tend to think that conversion was the only step they need to take. They prefer to hold onto their sinful habits and rationalize why they don’t have to change. They convince themselves there is nothing wrong with their behavior. But accepting Christ as your savior is only the beginning.
After conversion comes sanctification, where God will work for the rest of our lives to make us more like Him. We have to listen to God’s prompting. We have to seek Him and ask Him what shortcomings He wants us to work on.
I recently starting going through a series called “Change Me, Lord” by Pastor James MacDonald. God showed me some areas where I had a bad attitude about my health and my finances. After a few painful days of talking with Him about these issues, detecting and destroying the lies that led me to continue in my sin, I was able to reach a place of true repentance. It’s quite humbling to realize you’ve justified a sinful attitude for many years.
The four results of true repentance are:
1) Genuine grief – This isn’t regret, but deep, gut-wrenching sorrow that you messed up and wounded God.
2) Repulsion to sin – The item that used to tempt you should disgust you.
3) Restitution with others – You make it right with the people that your sin injured.
4) Renewed faith – No looking back with regret, but looking forward with a new zeal for God.
One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 139:23-24 because it’s about being totally honest and open with God. My husband showed me a neat skit based on this scripture, if you’re interested.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my thoughts;
24 See if there be any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.
If change was easy, everyone would do it. Choose to act like who you really are: a child of God. Is there something God wants you to give up so He can make you more like him? Have you truly repented?
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