Use this tiny sermon for personal study or for a small group discussion. Journal your thoughtful responses to the application items. Tell a trusted spiritual friend how God wants to transform you. Ask him or her to pray for your success.
Scripture: Psalm 119:11, 35-37, 59, 101
Repentance replaces sin. Repentance is a human activity of ceasing one’s personal practice of sins. It is ultimately impossible by human means alone. However, a repentant person must do something, not just say or think something.
Repentance starts when a person understands his or her actions from God’s perspective and with God’s conclusions. Repentant individuals agree with God about their sins and engage in repentance.
Repentance differs from seeking forgiveness, but they should accompany each other. Forgiveness delivers a person from sin’s eternal consequences and from its impact on a person’s relationship with God. People confess sins to God in pursuit of His forgiveness.
People who repent of sin stop themselves from doing specific sins. Repentance involves restraining one’s self from the practice of sin (v.101). One cannot repent of a sin that he or she does not practice or pursue practicing.
People who repent of sin start doing a new behavior that is part of God’s will and plan. Repentance involves redirecting one's self to engage in godly activities (v.59). It introduces new actions into one’s life (i.e. life change).
People who repent of sin accept God’s help the way God offers it. Repentance requires God’s assistance (vs. 11,35-37). God assists repentant people through His Word, the Bible, and other means.
Repentance addresses normal life (where sins are routine) and transforms it into godly life (where sins are unwelcome). Repentance without change is not possible.
In the New Testament certain phrases refer to repentance: “turn away,” “lay aside,” “putting off,” etc.
Am I aware of how God sees sin in my life? Do I agree with Him?
What sins do I know about, but have not yet addressed with repentance?
What actions of repentance is God prompting me to do?
Repentance is personal action that follows an individual’s awareness of sin.