Forgiveness Is First, Repentance Is Next.

We may no longer be held accountable to suffer for our sins as Christ had suffered once and for all. Yet, we are held accountable to seek help and be strengthened by grace through the faith that leads to repentance.

Just because God forgave us of our sins doesn’t mean that we are to go and seek repeating them simply because we’ve been forgiven. Forgiveness is not a ticket to go and keep on sinning.

If a cop pulls me over for making a turn without signaling, he can give me a ticket for violating laws of the road. Yet, if he has me test my blinkers and realize that the bulb is out, he has the option to give me a warning and may even recommend where I can go to get help to fix the issue.

Every time we sin, Christ serves us freedom to go and seek help and welcome the help. Help with acknowledging that it is wrong, how it is wrong and what was just as possible to be done instead of the sin we had done.

Sometimes we think that whatever wrong we did was the only option. But when we go back and seek the cause of the weakness, we can then know anew what other and better options were available at the time, if only “we knew”.

No one should feel shame for sinning. Everyone is weak to a certain extent. But the shame can be on us if we know we need the help and yet refuse to seek and welcome it.

“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)

Committing sin = being committed to sin.

We died to sin. By grace through faith, the hearing of the gospel, we’re no longer committed to sin. We no longer sin and feel great about it. We’ve experienced God’s love who is greater than all our sins.

We’re now committed to Christ by grace through the faith that leads to repentance.

“Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” (John 8:10-12)

If we don’t repent or has no way to repent of our sins, then what good is grace?

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” (Titus 2:11-15)

“Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” Paul said to Titus.

Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

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