Luke 17 gives an account of 10 people with leprosy who asked Christ for healing. They were told to present themselves to the priest and they were cleansed. However, only 1 of the 10 returned to give glory and praise to God. We are told that the one individual who did return to give thanks was a foreigner and because of his faith was saved. The other 9 received healing but scripture does not state they received salvation. The man who came back bowed down to Christ and recognized he owed his restoration to Christ. He accepted Christ as the source of his salvation. While the others were cleansed and witnessed the power of Christ firsthand their hearts remained hardened. Today, things are not so different. People are confronted by Jesus Christ, and they witness his power firsthand. Unfortunately, they leave their encounter with Christ to never return to him, they will never hear the words, your faith has saved you.
“Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out,”
The Bible calls us to repent of our sins. If we truly repent God will forgive our sins. However, repentance is more then asking for forgiveness, repentance is defined as being regretful or remorseful in a sincere manner.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:7 CSB
The Christian walk can be difficult. As long as we are in a fallen world the temptations of sin will remain. However, we have a God that equips us spiritually and protects our hearts and minds when we journey with him. Spending time in prayer and scripture study is paramount for all believers to build a better understanding of how to walk with God.