This is a republication from January.

Romans 10:8-13 reads:

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

There is a lot of talk going around about being saved and what it takes to be saved. Saved from what? Our sins. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, so we need to be saved.

With all the philosophies and fancy jargon going on, Salvation may seem out of a person’s reach. But it’s not. It is as close as your mouth.

Confessing, repenting and believing is all it takes. But let me remind you of this one thing.

To repent is to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about our wrongdoing or sin.

We sincerely regret catching the flu and we take steps not to contract the virus again. Some of us regret a relationship we’ve been in and when we see that person again, we do all we can to avoid them. So if we truly repent then we truly regret the sin that separated us from God. If I say I repent but don’t regret the sin I committed, am I really repenting?

Jesus died on the cross for our sins but that doesn’t give us a free get out sin card, especially if we keep committing sins on the premise that we will be forgiven. As it is written, if we believe in our heart, then our actions will show it and we won’t willfully sin.

Romans 6:1-3 | James 2:18-20

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