Wikipedia states that REPENTANCE is a change of thought and action to correct a wrong and gain forgiveness from the one wronged. In religious contexts it usually refers to confession to God, ceasing sin against Him, and resolving to live according to His law. It always includes an admission of guilt, and also includes at least one of: a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.
Sounds good. Sounds easy. But let’s be honest, repentance, true repentance is hard. For myself, the confession to God part comes rather easy, as that can be done in the privacy of my own home, without others knowing my “crap.” The hard part is the “ceasing of sin” and the “admission of guilt.” I hate admitting my sin to others out of fear of what they will think of me. Will they be disappointed? Will I loose their respect? Will they view me as less of a person?
In comes INTEGRITY. Integrity forces us to be real with ourselves, God and those around us. It’s only when we become truthful, repent and turn from the crap in our lives will we start to experience freedom and hope.
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