Jeremiah 34:10-11And they obeyed, all the officials and all the people who had entered into the covenant that everyone would set free his slave, male or female, so that they would not be enslaved again. They obeyed and set them free.
But afterward they turned around and took back the male and female slaves they had set free, and brought them into subjection as slaves.
You recently repented and did what was right in my eyes by proclaiming liberty, each to his neighbor, and you made a covenant before me in the house that is called by my name, but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves.
An “act” of obedience without an obedient heart, is not obedience.
An “act” of repentance without a repentant heart, is not repentance.
We read how the masters set their slaves free from slavery, according to what God said, at the end of six years. BUT, then we read that they enslaved them again right away.
Obviously God was not being obeyed.
NOW, how often do we repent, and ask Jesus to forgive us of sin, perhaps a specific sin we struggle with, and then we turn around and commit that sin again, right away. At times it may become a vicious game of sin / repent / sin / repent, repeatedly.
This is not true repentance, but Holy Spirit will give us the Strength to overcome all sin, and be victorious. Hallelujah!!!