Repentance and Turning from Sin

Steve Petroelje

Read: Romans 6:1-14

How can we who died to sin still live in it? (v. 2)

How do you feel when someone says or does something evil toward you? That’s how God feels when we sin and disobey him. Sin and evil lead to pain and separate us from God. This hurts us and hurts others. It keeps us from a holy and loving God who wants us to follow him rather than our own selfish pursuits. When we repent of our sin and tell God we are sorry, we ask him to forgive us through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Repentance is an act of expressing remorse and turning away from sinful motives and behaviors.

In life sometimes we need to make a 180-degree turn. We’re headed the wrong way and must reverse direction. This occurs when God helps us understand the seriousness of sin and the reality of his love. God helps us turn away from pursuing sin and move forward in faith as we seek to follow Jesus. Maybe you’re headed in the wrong direction and need to repent. Perhaps someone else is lost and you can lovingly point them in the right direction of faith in the Savior!

If we are truly sorry, we won’t intentionally turn God’s grace into motivation to sin. We won’t see God’s willingness to forgive as a reason to keep sinning. Rather, out of gratitude, we will strive to turn from sin and pursue obedience to God and his Word. —Steve Petroelje

Prayer: Precious Redeemer, I repent and follow you. Use me to point others in the right direction. Amen.