"...choose this day whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
Christian salvation is not magic...
To many people treat Christian salvation like it is some magic formula that you don’t need to understand but if you do it correctly, you will avoid Hell and get your free ticket to Heaven and God will bless you in this life. That is not Christianity, it may be religion and comes in many forms, but it is not true Christianity, and it doesn’t work. True Christianity is a relationship with God and a right relationship with your fellow man.
Sin, in the Christian vocabulary, is when you disobey God. This includes your morals and your ethics, but also in not honoring God as God.
It doesn’t matter what words you quote or use, but it does matter what you mean. You must accept and agree with God’s moral and ethical values, as described in the Bible, and confess that you have violated them. Usually that means you are living your life for yourself for the most part. Furthermore you must agree that God’s moral and ethical values are good and just. Then, you must repent (turn in your heart) from your sin. In other words change your mind about your sin. Hate your sin, and desire to turn from your sin to follow God in righteous living. However, you also must realize that on your own power you can’t change. That is where the Gospel is ‘good news’. By the power of the Holy Spirit you can overcome your sinful nature. You will never be sinless in this life, but you can change from being OK with your sin to hating your sin, desiring to live a life pleasing to God, and having the power, through the Holy Spirit, to overcome. If you are honest with God about this he will change you in his timing. Some things will change quickly, others not so quickly, but you will never be sorry you choose him.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom 6:23 (ESV)
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"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."
Titus 2:11-14 (ESV)
"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,..."
Acts 3:19 (ESV)
"...yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified."
Galatians 2:16 (ESV)
"Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)