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God has a clear message for us. Jesus challenges us to quit being religious. Jesus wants us to have nothing to do with that way of life.

We cannot claim to follow Jesus and still miss God’s goal for our life to love. Love can be seen in our acts of working for justice, helping the down-and-out, standing up for the homeless, and going to bat for the defenseless.

  • Jesus challenges us to clean up our act.
  • We need to get it together for my Master and the Messiah Jesus.
  • We need to stop our charade.
  • We must repent!

God is in a good mood and gives us the power to live this way through his Holy Spirit.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause. [1]

Source: Isaiah 1:16-17

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When we dig deeper, this is all about repentance.

Repentance involves recognizing that you have thought wrongly in the past and determining to think aright in the future. The repentant person has “second thoughts” about the mindset he formally embraced.

There is a change of disposition and a new way of thinking about God, about missing God’s goal, about holiness, and about doing God’s will. True repentance is prompted by “godly sorrow,” and it “leads to salvation”.

  • 2 Peter 3:9 —The Master is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
  • Isaiah 65:2 — 2 “I have spread out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, Who walk in the way which is not good, following their own thoughts,
  • Romans 2:4 — 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
  • Revelation 2:21 — 21 ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality.

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[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Is 1:16–17.