“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your sins. If you do, times of spiritual strength will come from the Lord, and he will send Jesus, who is the Messiah he has already chosen for you.” Acts 3:19-20
I often think of repenting as turning from sin; even more important, is the process of turning to God. That alone is where we get the strength to continue in our journey to over come the temptation of that sin. If we confess our sins God does forgive us.
“But if we confess our sins to God, he will keep his promise and do what is right: he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all our wrongdoing.” 1 John 1:9
I was talking with someone today about repentance. It would be nice if it was a one and done thing. However for most of us, it is not. We turn from our sin a little. We go a short ways, then we find ourselves turning completely back to the sin. We turn again, then go for quiet a while not giving in to temptation. Once again we find ourselves in the crutches of sin. This pattern repeats until finally we are able to leave that sin at the
foot of the cross; repenting and walking in the spiritual strength that comes from the Lord.
Of course, then we start to recognize the next area of sin that God wants to work with us on. It is easy to feel like the process will never end. We are imperfect humans. We will continue in the process until we meet Christ in heaven one day and are completely transformed into His image.
Our sins will change from those that seem to rule our daily lives that the whole world can easily see, to those that are personal to God in our journey. We move from discipline to pruning, at times back to disciple, but God is always pruning.
“He breaks off every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and he prunes every branch that does bear fruit, so that it will be clean and bear more fruit.” John 15:2
Our corrections will become what look like to others as insignificant changes. Or look at times to others as religious fanatics. However to God, they are areas where He is pruning us so that we can walk more in alignment with His calling in our life. He wants us to bear more fruit.