I hope this short piece sets someone free of their guilt.
Repentance DOESN’T mean that you’ll never think of your sin anymore.
But, it DOES mean that you won’t linger on those thoughts when they enter your mind.
Repentance DOESN’T meant that you won’t desire the sin anymore…Because the enemy will continue to use any temptation or weakness to provoke you to backslide.
Repentance DOES mean that you WILL NOT PUT YOURSELF to hard testing by tempting yourself from that which you’ve turned away. You won’t intentionally put yourself in the position to do it again.
Repentance DOES mean that you have Godly sorrow and regret of your sin…it DOESN’T mean you don’t remember it.
2 Corinthians 7:9-10 (NKJV)
9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
If you’ve totally rejected your sin and you’re doing everything else to avoid it…that’s repentance.
If you don’t want it to be a pleasant memory anymore…that’s repentance.
If you ‘don’t want to want it’ anymore…that’s repentance.
But, just the way that the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, and though he fled, the bible said he would return at an opportune moment…
Luke 4:13 (NKJV)
13 Now when the devil had ended every [a]temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.
Jesus was tempted in all points just like us…
Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Jesus understands. Yield not to temptation, and…
Through time, it will become less and less of a temptation.
Repentance DOES mean you’ve turned away from the sin, it DOES mean the sin has turned away from you.
As the song says, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin. Each victory will help you some other to win”.
God can help you get to the point that is isn’t a temptation anymore.