My wife and I bought a new car a few months ago. Well, it was new to us—a 2017 model. We knew that the car had been wrecked, but we liked the way that it looked and drove, so we took a chance and bought it.

For the most part, the gamble has paid off. We have only had one problem with the car. It was terribly out of line. That was evidently one thing that was not repaired. The car was so much out of line that the front tires quickly began to wear. I also noticed that the car tended to hydroplane when driving in the rain, no doubt a result of the badly worn tires.

Once I realized the problem, I took it in for an alignment and had two new tires put on the front. The car has been fine ever since.

Sometimes we get out of alignment with God. Sin wrecks our lives and causes damage that may go undetected for a while, but eventually shows itself in one way or another. Being out of alignment with God wears on a person and eventually has a negative effect on one’s relationship with God and with other people. Being out of alignment with God also causes our lives to skid out of control.

The only fix for this problem is to get re-aligned with God. It’s called repentance. Repentance is turning from sin and following the path that God has laid out for you. It’s the only way to escape the damage of sin and the destruction that inevitably follows for those who do not turn their lives around.

Is your life aligned with God?

“…But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”—Luke 13:5.

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