Acts 26:20 but shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
As I continue my series of posts on repentance, today I would like to look at the idea of where to turn when you repent. An earlier post discussed the idea that repentance was more than just being sorry for a wrong you had done; it also should include a change in lifestyle to avoid making the same kind of error again. This can happen in many ways in a person’ life, both spiritual and non-spiritual. I am sure most of us can think of someone we know that made a major change in lifestyle to correct bad decisions they had made and wound up improving their lives. In some cases they may have done this through some worldly help organization or maybe through their own personal strength. While it may be of some benefit to that person, the verse listed above shows they still need a relationship with God.
To turn to God must indicate that we are turning away from something else. At this time let us look at some scripture that indicate what we should be turning away from if we are to grow closer to God.
Eze: 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Basically we should turn away from anything that is displeasing to God. Sometimes we limit these things to acts of violence and immorality, but the bible lists many things that God would consider transgressions against him. I may have to look at that more in depth in a separate study. I encourage anyone following this blog to look into it on their own.
2 Tim. 3:5 – Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Many people in the world claim Christianity but live their lives as if God has no real impact in how they live. When times get tough, they rely on their own talents and abilities to deal with the problems in their lives. Do you really believe that God has the power to help you deal with the issues and problems you have? Then turn to his power for assistance in our daily lives.
While there are other scriptures that mention things to turn away from, this is all I will mention at this time. I encourage all of you to look into this matter deeper. As always, I welcome any comments you may have concerning this series. Have a great day!