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.
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.
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.
God forgives sin immediately upon repentance, but it takes longer to build character. It is character, not forgiveness, that determines what God brings next to your life.
There is no mistaking a life transformed by God! It is not necessary, however, for those who have been truly transformed by Christ to convince others of the difference; the change will be obvious.