Repentance, Part 3

Salvation Bible Basics

Thirdly, repentance causes a person to turn from idols. In 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 we read, ‘For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.’ Godly repentance is something that causes a person to turn from their idols.

Most people in Australia think they don’t have any idols in their house. But you probably do. You have things in your house that you love more than you love the Lord Jesus. Maybe it is a television set. Maybe it’s a pair of skis, or a fishing rod, or the people in the house you love more than Christ. Maybe it is the car you park in your garage. Maybe it is your job, your occupation. These are all things you can love more than Christ, and they become an idol in your life.

You would never give up certain things, because you love those things more than you love Christ. Remember in the first commandment God said, ‘…have no other gods before me.’ When you love something more than God, that is idolatry. It is idol worship.

When a man has true repentance, he is willing to turn from those things that he once loved, willing to turn away from them and turn towards the Lord Jesus Christ. A person who has godly repentance is willing to give anything up that comes between him and his Saviour. Nothing is too costly for my Saviour. That is the attitude in true repentance.