Repentance is sometimes misunderstood. It often gets associated with feeling bad about yourself. As if God wants you to dwell on the guilt of your mistake. Repentance includes a sorrow for your sin, but never a self-made magnification of your guilt. The fullness of repentance is a change of direction with a result of joy. The goal of the Christian life isn’t to feel worse about yourself – it’s to restore joyful relationship with the God you made you and who wants you. Repentance leads to restoration.
Following a morning of powerful testimonies about transformed lives, Pastor Casey continued the encouragement on what makes gospel transformation possible. God loves you and has already taken care of the sin that causes shame and guilt. Jesus took care of your sin before you even acted it out. Sharing your problems with God and others is never the problem.
The problem comes when you don’t let Jesus free you from the shame you hold over yourself.
Scripture references: 1 Peter 1:15-23; Revelation 13:8
Grace is one of the most misunderstood and most attacked tenants of the Christian faith.
As a Christian you know that God’s grace saved you (from sin and Hell), but afterwards it’s easy to act like works keeps you safe. The Christian life is one of outward works which are signs/evidence of an inward change, but outward works never earned God’s favor and they don’t keep God’s favor. We do good works to honor God and live like Jesus, but it is God’s grace and his Spirit that makes us new and guides us into the perfection God wants in our lives. It’s not the works you do that fix you.
We hold onto works because we don’t listen to who God says we are – a beloved child and friend of His. A person works for God’s love and his liking because they don’t fully accept that God already loves them and likes them. A life transformed by grace is a life of good, outward action and at the same time it is a life at peace, not striving to do good, but one that rests in the grace of God trusting first in the secure love of God.
Be encouraged by Casey’s message and know that you don’t have to work for God’s favor. Joy and peace in your life will come when you trust in the fact that God loved you and chose you before you did anything good.