Now then make confession to the Lord, the God of your fathers and do his will. Separate yourselves from the peoples of the land and from the foreign wives.”
Ezra 10:11 ESV
The Bible never run short of passages on repentance, most likely because God knows how sinful man is, that He needs to tell us through Scriptures our condition and how badly we need His grace and forgiveness.
This verse was at the time that some Israelites was allowed to be back to Jerusalem from their exile. Of course, this was a favor from the Lord who had stirred the hearts of the Persian kings, so the Israelites could go back to their land and rebuild the temple. However, they married themselves to pagan inhabitants which the Lord had forbidden. As Ezra led the people, he made this call of repentance as he taught them how to follow the Lord.
Even as we follow Jesus, it is not a secret that we still sin, not that we are actually proud to commit sin. It is during our sanctification that Jesus will uncover our sins so we further embrace Holy Spirit’s transformational power on us. The Scriptures tell us our responsibility as God reveals our sins, that is to confess our sins to God, do what He says (by reading the Bible we will know His will) and separate ourselves from our sins.
Salvation enables us to say ‘no’ to sin and our personal relationship with Jesus should make us uncomfortable or bothered everytime we are in the face of sinning. If we cannot then we have to assess if we are truly followers of Christ.
Soli Deo Gloria!