Making a U-Turn (from Back on Track by Ru dela Torre)

Posted: February 26, 2013 in Books
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Making a u-turn involves more than just saying the words, “I’m sorry”. Genuine repentance is not apologizing and then swinging back to sin. It is a firm decision to turn away, and never go back to it again.

The following steps describe how making a U-turn is best done:

 

Admit that you’ve sinned

God knows it and you know it. You went the wrong way and you messed up. Confess it. There is nothing we can hide from God anyways. Be honest and come to Him as you are. There’s no room for pride.

Cry out to God for mercy

A desperate cry is more than lip-service. A heartless sorry does not count for anything. God always looks at the condition of the heart. Being sincerely sorry requires genuine regret. Pain gets into the picture, especially when you realize that you have broken the heart of God.

Accept responsibility for your actions

Facing the consequences of your actions today, no matter how difficult, can save you from facing bigger ones tomorrow if you opt to postpone. Repair damages in as much as you are able. If relationships have been strained, be quick to mend them.

Break free from the clutches of that sin

Whatever happens, decide to say no. Since it took time to form that bad habit, it may also take time to undo it. Temptations will come. When they do, be strong. Ask God for help, and He will lead you to a way out of it.

Put some feet to your faith

Action steps are required. Remember, we don’t want to do the same mistakes again. So the best step is to walk away from the sin, or from anything that causes us to sin. If your sin is engaging in a vice, or  having a relationship with someone who does not love God, or living with a bad habit, then quit it.

 

Say no to the sin and flee as far as you can, from temptation. The moment you do is when you’ve really repented. No shortcuts. It’s the only way.

But stop right here if you start thinking that these steps are needed for you to receive God’s grace. Again, God’s grace is not something we can earn for our good works. We can even read in Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

The initiative to love comes from God. In 1 John 4:19 it is stated quite simply

We love because He first loved us

So male no mistake about it. Even the ability to make the U-turn comes from God.

 

*taken from Back on Track by Ru dela Torre

ipad_Back on TrackAfter getting on the road with God, what does a young person do when the excitement fizzles and he returns to his rebellious ways? This sequel of the bestselling Road Trip focuses on how grace and repentance can help the lost again find his way back to God.

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