Repentance involves a radical change of heart and mind in which we agree with God’s evaluation of our sin and then take specific action to align ourselves with His will. The evidence of repentance is not words of resolve, but a changed life.
If you find that you have become complacent with God’s commands and have become comfortable in your sin, you are completely isolated from God’s holiness. A deep sense of awe is essential to knowing God.
By His very nature God is a friend to us. He loves us with a perfect love and reaches out to us with salvation when we can offer Him nothing in return. If you cannot describe yourself as a friend of God, commit yourself to seek after God with all your heart.
Placing your ultimate trust in anything other than God is idolatry. Go straight to the Lord when you have a need. He is the only One who can provide for you.
Christians should speak only words that uplift and bring grace to others. The more time we spend in idle chatter, the greater the likelihood that we will say things that are harmful. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you evaluate whether your words build up others or whether they destroy and hurt others.
It is overwhelming to consider that holy, Almighty God would speak directly to us! What a privilege that He would care enough to challenge our destructive thoughts or practices.