Temptation and Repentance
We live in a time when the philosophy of “whatever feels right do it” seems prevalent. I believe that the idea of there being temptation in this world to sin is giving way to an identity crushing lie—a lie that prevents people from becoming the people God wants them to be and thus experiencing true fulfillment—the lie seems to be the idea that if the urge or feelings are strong then it must be okay, it must be the way God made me or the way God wants me to live, the lie that this is who I am.... Could it be, is it possible, that what people are experiencing is temptation to sin? After all, temptation is by definition, in part, alluring, enticing, a strong pull in a direction God does not want us to go. Just because it "feels right or feels good" does not mean it must be okay.
Temptation and repentance—two ideas that for many seem to be falling out of popularity—are ideas that when grasped and believed have the potential to lead to true freedom in Christ. Keep in mind, that if we deal with and overcome temptation, then we do not have to deal with sin, because temptation precedes sin. But, because we do occasionally sin, repentance becomes a necessity.
In Acts 10-11, after the Gentiles, Cornelius and his family and friends, came to faith in Christ, and Peter described what had taken place, in Acts 11:18 we read:
“When they heard this, they quieted down and glorified God, saying, ‘Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.’”
Jesus said: “So if the Son makes you free,you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Repentance that leads to life is a turning over of our lives to Christ so that He may live in us the victorious life of freedom He died to give us. Christ in us, empowers us to overcome temptation and sin.
So many blessings in Christ and His way!
Be victorious in Christ and live in true freedom!!!!!!!
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