“Repentance consists of two parts, but many people settle for only the first part. Repentance means to turn, but many get stuck halfway. The first part of repentance is to turn away with loathing from sin; the second part is to turn toward all the good things God offers in exchange. Indeed, it’s impossible to turn away from greed without turning towards generosity, to put aside lust without taking up love, or to escape bitterness without embracing celebration.” ~ Mike Mason
Wow, did that ever hit home.
Besetting sin can be so frustrating! You know – the kind of sin that you do over and over again, no matter how many times you repent, or how badly you want to change.
It recalls to mind when I was a freshman in college. I so desperately wanted to follow after God, but I felt completely powerless to do so with any consistency. I was internally torn by my conflicting desires. I felt the pull of both worlds so strongly. I wanted to do the right thing, and yet at the same time, I didn’t.
I remember repenting, promising God over and over that I would change. But I felt like a failure, completely unable to change.
It was not until I repented AND ran to something else that I was able to experience victory. It was then that I was able to start becoming the person that God wanted me to be.
Almost 20 years later – how easily I forget.
How many times do I still repent without immediately turning and running towards that which God offers in exchange?
Yet I know that it is oh so much easier to break the chains of sin when you are running to the good that He has for you. THAT is the place I want to be. The ONLY place I want to be.
I am going to need to meditate on this a bit…
Excerpt taken from Mike Mason’s Champagne for the Soul. Find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Champagne-Soul-Celebrating-Gods-Gift/dp/1573833908/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372472663&sr=8-1&keywords=champagne+for+the+soul