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God Wants Us To Turn Away from Sin
Construction Zone 9: God's Gift - Salvation
Stage: 5

Question Answer
What is "repentance"?

Repentance is a gift from God that makes sinners want to turn away from their sins and turn to Him. 1 Thessalonians 1:9b – You turned to God from idols.

The Difference This Truth Makes
Matthew 9:13b – [Jesus said] “I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

In this verse, Jesus is telling the reason why He came into the world: To call sinners to repentance. We have already learned that we are definitely sinners. And we have also discovered that everything that Jesus does is important – especially if He is telling the reason why He came into the world!

Jesus calls sinners to repentance because, without Him, we go toward the things that displease Him greatly. Jesus wants us to turn His way and serve Him. True repentance is a total-turnaround of our attitude toward sin.

True repentance and faith always go together. You cannot have faith without repentance, and you cannot have repentance without faith. God hates sin, and anyone who truly repents will start to feel the same way God does about sin.