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The Effect Of True Repentance

September 28, 2016

“Recovering the old sense of sin enables true repentance. The effect of true repentance is not stronger determination to never sin but rather to eagerly anticipate more joy in resisting temptation. Living life on the narrow road is becoming more appealing; I find myself gratefully receiving as a gift the opportunity to love well and resist sin.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, A Different Kind of Happiness, Page 174

Questions for Reflection:
• Do you tend to think of repentance as something that leaves a haunting regret over failure and a pressure to do better or as a deepening sense of gratitude for God’s grace at work to cleanse you and free you to love better?
• How does your experience of temptation change when you view resisting sin as an opportunity to love well?

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