Someday we must stand before God and answer for what we’ve done in this life. Can you imagine standing before your Creator—the holy, righteous, and perfect God of the universe—while aware of sin in your life? Remember that it was your sins which nailed Jesus, God’s only Son, to the cross. Remember that Jesus came because there was no other way to satisfy God’s wrath towards your sin.

The only thing greater than God’s hatred towards sin is His love for sinners. This thought brings encouragement, but we can’t forget that God’s love calls us to a life of holiness. “God loves [us] just the way [we] are, but He refuses to leave [us] that way; He wants [us] to be just like Jesus.” * The love of God ought to totally transform our character, or there’s no sense in sharing it with others.

Paul instructed the Corinthian Christians to walk worthy of God’s call for their lives. He made it clear that God would not tolerate their sin. In his second letter, Paul rejoiced that his words had brought conviction of sin and a change of mind towards it. God was now free to work in their lives and shower His blessings upon the church.

Do you need a spiritual jumpstart? Is God calling you to change your mind about certain sins in your life? Do it because He loves you. Do it because it will enrich your life.

One of the most fundamental marks of true repentance is a disposition to see our sins as God sees them. — Charles Simeon

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder

* Quote taken from Max Lucado’s book, Just Like Jesus.