Judas Iscariot sold Jesus. Afterwards, he realized what he had done and repented. He returned the thirty pieces of silver to the priests and elders and cried, "I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood." But Judas Iscariot’s repentance could not lead him to salvation.
For a very long time, like Judas Iscariot, I too regretted and repented of the sins I had committed. Every day I said, "God, I lied. I stole. I hated someone," and I continually repeated such regret and repentance. However, I could not become freed from sin.
One day, by the grace of God, I saw the evil core of myself. I discovered that I was filthy, dirty, lustful, and deceitful from the very center of my heart. I came to realize that I had failed in spiritual life because of the wickedness found in the core of my heart. "Being an evil human is my nature. I cannot do any good. I am dirty." I realized that the root of me was filthier than the results of the sins I committed. I denied myself, distrusted myself, and threw my thoughts away from that point on. Then Jesus amazingly came upon my heart and my inner self was changed as my life became purified.
True repentance changes people’s hearts. I began to testify of these words, and on a countless amount of times I saw how people who denied themselves lived changed and renewed lives.
I am thankful that the words preached at the Olympic Gymnasium have been made into this book. I hope that the Holy Spirit of God will work upon all those who read the words contained within and receive the grace of becoming born again and freed from sin.