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Is your heart right with God?
To people who believed in Jesus, the apostle Peter said,
Acts 2:38 - “Repent (TURN FROM SIN), and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Note 2 things:
1) Get your heart right by turning from sin, and
2) be "washed in the crimson flood, cleansed and made holy, humble and lowly, right in the sight of God." (from the song after which this article is entitled)
To someone who had done precisely that - a Christian - who sinned, the same Peter said…
Acts 8:21-23 ... your heart is not right before God. Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.”
When your heart is not right, Christian or not, you've got to turn from sin. Do it initially, then turn again every time you fall.
Don't let Satan play mind games: Don't you ever doubt your own sincerity or, much less, doubt God's grace. If your heart is still broken over your sin, you’re not a hypocrite. Simply committing the same sin again (and again) does NOT make you insincere; it shows you’re weak.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
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