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Repentance Changes Our Attitude Toward Sin
Case 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Clue: 5

Question Answer
What is "repentance"?

Repentance is a gift from God that makes sinners willing and able to turn away from their sins and turn to Him instead. 1 Thessalonians 1:9b – You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Paul told the people at Thessalonica something they already knew: They had turned from their idols to serve God. This is a good picture of repentance. The kind of repentance that saves is turning from sin and self and turning to Jesus Christ. Simply put, repentance is change.

Imagine what other people thought when hundreds of idol-worshipping unbelievers began throwing away their idols!

Anyone who gets saved is turning from some kind of idol. Not all idols are gold or silver statues. An “idol” is anything other than God that you might trust to bring you joy and satisfaction.

When the Bible says the Thessalonians turned to serve God, it means they stopped being slaves to sin and started being slaves to God. God became their new Master and Lord, and they pledged their lives to Him. In other words, their repentance involved a commitment to God. In order to be committed to this God, they needed to turn their backs on other things (fake gods and idols). True repentance is a total turnaround in a person’s attitude toward sin.