REPENTANCE: COMPLETE or INCOMPLETE?

Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. Acts 26:19-20 (NKJV)

Sometimes repentance can seem a little like commercials in that there is no end. We come before God, confess our sins, express our desire for repentance—and find ourselves in exactly the same condition the next time we approach our Father.

Biblical repentance means forsaking sin, not simply confessing it. To forsake is to leave behind, to abandon. We repent not just with our hearts but with our actions.

You possess power in the person of the Holy Spirit to conquer your sin. You can effectively repent of sin because sin’s slayer, Jesus Christ, empowers you. You are not left to your own devices, your own willpower.

Is there a nagging area of disobedience in your life that you are unable to conquer? Face it as sin, count on God’s unequaled power each day, and persevere as Christ frees you moment by moment from its grip.

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