Proof of Christianity: Chronic Repentance

 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Eph. 2:8-9

By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain

Newly divorced with a young child, I started life over again in Malone, a tiny town in Northern New York. Here I met some lovely people who attended a charismatic church. One woman, Colleen, befriended me as she witnessed to me, and the Holy Spirit began His final work in bringing me to salvation.

One thing Colleen told me was that we’d all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We needed to repent.

In my naive mind, I examined my conscience and struggled to discover my sins. Somewhere, back a week or two prior, I may have cursed. Once, perhaps, I gossiped. After a quick prayer, I resumed my normal life.

One day I realized God is real. Christianity is true. I needed to be saved.

Suddenly the truth of my life opened up to me, and I saw my true spiritual state. When the Bible said to pray continually, I knew why–we had to cover the chronic sin in our lives.

Matt Chandler in Recovering Redemption says, “The proof of Christianity isn’t perfection. In fact, one of the key ways you can tell you’re saved–as backward as this logic may feel or sound–is when your faith continually leads you toward repentance, and Jesus continually brings about change.”

Proof of Christianity

  1. We understand God is gracious–not cruel. He doesn’t call us sinners to degrade us. It’s the truth in love. As a mother, I’d correct my daughter, not to be mean–although I’d never convince her that kindness led me to correct her. My correction occured to improve her life.
  2. God doesn’t give us more than we can bear–even though it doesn’t always appear that way. Many people face horrible circumstances–death of loved ones, disease, loss. However, God’s grace always gets us through. He always provides a way to carry our burdens.
  3. We don’t see our sin until our character is capable of dealing with it. In my life, I’ll grow like a toddler. Parents see a child putting on a belly and know their baby is about to grow.  My “belly” is contentment in my character. I look at my life and know I’ve got it all together. At that point, I know growth is coming, and when it does, I don’t believe I’ll ever be good.
  4. Every day, we improve. Growth is never observable in the day to day. We don’t see a tomato plant grow its blossom. One morning, through, a yellow flower appears on it. That’s us. Slowly, our sins fade. We mature and produce the fruit of the spirit. As we look back over our lives, the changes for the good amaze us.

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