A few years ago I had a sore place come up on my back. I didn’t know what it was, I just knew that every once and a while it would itch like crazy and I’d be standing at a door frame somewhere scratching like a hog on the side of that door. Well, it stayed that way for a long time, more than a year, in fact. Gradually it got worse and worse. After a while it got really sore so I didn’t like to scratch it. It started to grow and get bigger. Finally it got so sore that I couldn’t sit back in a chair, I could lay down on it, and I got to the point that I didn’t even want to put on a shirt. So like most men, when it got to the place that I couldn’t bear it anymore, I decided that going to the doctor would be a good idea.
I went in and he numbed it up real good (or that’s what he said) It actually hurt pretty bad when he lanced it, but O what a relief it was! Now at the risk of seeming really juvenile, let me ask you a question. When did I get relief? It was when I made a decision to do something about that sebaceous cyst. If I hadn’t made a decision, I’d might still be in pain.
Listen, true repentance involves a definite choice. You’re not going to find restoration until you make a decision to turn from your sin.