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TRANSFORMATION

KAREN MCKINNEY

John 8:10-11 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

I have heard it said that repentance is a change of mind, prompted by a change of heart, which thereby results in a change of life. Repentance, by definition, means to turn away from something and to think differently about it. Therefore, when Christians say that they’re going to repent of something, what they really mean is that they’re going to think differently in regards to their sin and turn away from it. Think of it this way, if I am sorry that I committed a particular sin, and really don’t want to commit it again, then my next step is to think differently about that sin and do what it takes to turn away from it. Repentance is both internal and external. Internally we need to change our way of thinking and externally we need to change our way of acting. The one, thinking, leads to the other, acting. When Jesus told the adulterous women that she was forgiven, he didn’t end it there; instead, he told her to go and sin no more. The woman had the blessing of being forgiven, but at the end of the day, she still had to rethink how she was acting by committing adultery, and then had to change her behavior accordingly. To be a follower of Jesus Christ it is not enough to just believe. We are called to repent by rethinking the way we live our lives and acting out our belief in love.

There is good news in all this however, that is, according to the Bible Paul tells us that God is faithful and that he won’t allow us to be tested beyond what we can endure. God does not promise to deliver us from temptation or testing, but He does promise to limit the temptations intensity, and even more so, He promises to provide a way of escape. Next time you feel yourself being tempted, weather by sexual temptation or otherwise, as Karen Mckinny put, Flee! … and know that God always leaves a way of escape.

QUESTION 1. Is there any sin for which you feel God calling you to repentance?
QUESTION 2. How could this way of looking at repentance change the way you live your life?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to transform your thinking and let God transform your life. Repent–think differently about your sin so that your actions may glorify God.