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What Does God Expect of Me? Part 2--Repentance

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Tiger WoodsWhen Tiger Woods’ infidelity hit the headlines during Thanksgiving 2009, it was a stark revelation about a man that many held up in a spotlight of respect because of his accomplishments and propriety. Or so it seemed. When the truth about his private life began to be revealed, sponsors began to distance themselves from the 14 time major winner, and the public was shocked about the ugliness that was hidden beneath the refined appearance. In the weeks to come, it would be revealed that he had not just one mistress but fifteen, most of whom were porn stars or exotic dancers. By the end of December of 2009, he had entered a sexual addiction rehab clinic. Since that time, Tiger Woods has not won another major golf title.


What made all of this come about? Was it Tiger Woods coming clean about his issue? NO. It was discovered by his wife when she went through his phone and found texts from his mistress. What is the difference if it was discovered or he admitted to it on his own?


It is the difference between two different types of sorrow and what they produce. Listen to what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” One of the major desires of God is for us to sincerely repent of our evil works and change our path to His ways.


It is not enough for us to feel bad about the things we do. I am sure, to some degree, Tiger Woods felt remorse for betraying his wife, marriage, and children with other women; yet, it did not produce in him a desire to change (repentance). This leads to spiritual death. Jesus made it clear, “I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). If we want to know what God expects of me, here is another course of action that is required of belief—repentance. It is active; it requires change and change is not a passive thing.


How can you know if someone is sincerely repenting? It should be demonstrated in the path they are choosing to walk from that moment. If someone says they believe in Christ, but continue to be involved in the same activities that lead them away from God, guess what? They only have worldly sorrow probably because, like Tiger Woods, they got caught doing something wrong.


Let’s not just point a finger at Tiger Woods as if he is the only one who has sinned and needs repentance. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), but we can be what God wants by changing our path and repentance can lead to salvation.

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