True repentance hates the sin, and not merely the penalty; and it hates the sin most of all because it has discovered and felt God's love. -Taylor
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. Revelation 2:5
My wife and I use to have a treadmill. I really didn’t like it though because when you got on the thing and started walking it didn’t give me a sense of instant pleasure. I didn’t see any new sights as you get when you walk outside. A butterfly flying around pollinating the flowers, a squirrel chasing another, a beautiful sunset, all bring about a sense of accomplishment. With the treadmill all I got was the same ole view and I didn’t seem to be getting anywhere.
When we get on life’s treadmill of unconfessed sin, we don’t get anywhere. David said in Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation…” In this repentant Psalm, we see David has lost his joy in the Lord because of sin in his heart. The only thing that will cure that and get him back moving forward is true repentance and faith in the Lord. David said, After I repent, God can use me; “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalm 51:13
Have you been trying to do something for the Lord but you’re not getting anywhere? Do you have sins that to men’s eyes are hidden? Do you harbor sin as if some cherished keepsake, afraid of what may happen if you trust and obey God? GET UP, GET READY, and GO TO CHURCH with mindset of, I’m going to confess and ask God to forgive me. Trusting He will do what is right and you will accept the consequences. It is then, and only then, God can and will use you for His glory and your good! It is then you will be getting somewhere!