At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I want to highlight what happened when the Israelites were confronted with their sin of marrying foreign women (a danger that brought foreign gods into their homes… a reason why Christians should not marry non-Christians). For repentance to be real, it has to include a change of lifestyle. In fact, the word "repent" carries with it the connotation of doing a one-eighty, or turning directly around and heading in the opposite direction. The Israelites were sorry for their sin because they abandoned their foreign wives. It's not enough to "sorry" before God and to continue in sin; real repentance always involves change.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.