Summary: We all sin but we don’t all repent. Here is a message on how repentance works and what repentance asks us to do.

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Title:To repent or not to repent, that is the question

Text: Psalm 51:10-12; Samuel 11:1-12:14

This message was preached by Rev. Tony Hamilton as part of our E100 Bible reading challenge. Each sunday during the 20 week challenge we preach on a portion of scripture that the church read that week.

David sinned. David slept with another man’s wife, David tried to trick that man into having sex with his own wife so that the man would think he impregnated his wife, David then had the man killed in a sneaky way because the man would have found out his wife was pregnant by another man. David knew what he was doing was wrong. He knew that he was sinning. He was trying his best to cover it up and only made it worse. It was like a snowball down a hill. It kept getting worse and worse. David knew it was wrong, but never faced up to it and turned back toward God. David tried to handle it all himself and continued sinning and continued to not repent and turn back toward God until Nathan showed him he was sinning. It took an outsider to show David he was going down the wrong path and that he needed to turn around and head back toward God. Sometimes when we are blinded by our sin and caught up in it, we cannot see clearly what we are doing. The devil loves when we lose sight of God and we are blinded by our sin. we try to justify it. You can see David saying in his head that he was king, he deserved to have sex with Bathsheba. He deserved anything he wanted, he was king. We do that sometimes. When we sin, we will justify it or try and say it isn’t so bad, but God hates all sin, small sins, big sins. He doesn’t want any sin in our life. We know right from wrong. One of the jobs that the Holy Spirit has as he lives inside of us is conviction. When we sin and mess up, the Holy Spirit convicts us that we sinned. He did something wrong and that we need to repent. David knew what he did was wrong or he wouldn’t have tried so hard to cover it up. Its hard to face up to sin. Its embarrassing, its saying we failed, its hard. But no one is perfect. David was an amazing believer in God and he messed up. Paul messed up, Peter messed up.. All Christians thru time mess up. I mess up every day of my life. There was only perfect person and that was Jesus Christ. Jesus never sinned. But the rest of us.. we sin. So, when we sin, we have to go further then just knowing we sin. The Holy Spirit tells us, hey, you sinned and then what do we say, oh thats nice. I will try not to do that again.. sorry. It is more than that. There is a big difference between knowing something is wrong and repenting. When we sin, we are called to repent. to Repent means to turn. To turn back towards the ways of God. Back into the light and out of the darkness. To turn fully away from the sin. To say no to the sin and turn away from. It is an action. Just knowing something is wrong, is not enough. We need to take that turn. We need to turn and face God and say we are sorry and choose to obey God. Once Nathan showed David the sin in his life, David repented. He cried out to God and said that he sinned and that he sinned against God. After David repented to God, he wrote the 51st Psalm.

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