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.

What are your thoughts on repentance?  Comment below.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. brandonclements says:

    1) Humility is so important. so important. it is the root of every other virtue.
    2) Derek Webb says that the best thing that could ever happen to us is for our deepest, darkest sins to be literally broadcast on the 5 o’clock news. I agree, but it also scares me.
    3) Scripture(I think James) talks about how confession leads to our healing. I think that is true and beautiful.
    4) I think when we are brave enough to repent and confess our sin, others are often spurred on to do so as well. Its beautiful when we give each other the courage to own our crap and repent of it–to come out of our hiding places.
    5) If someone does think less of you for repenting with humility, I think that means they are really, really deep in their hiding place.

  2. Jeremiah Fair says:

    I think that it is important to remember that repentance, especially in the Greek, is about mind change. This agrees implicitly with 2 Corinthians 5:17, that our renewing is of the mind. That means we simply do not get to do the easy thing and stop sinning. It has to do with seeing the world different. Seeing the world from God’s perspective. Seeing the homeless person on the street as valuable. Not allowing our minds to be trapped in a capitalist/American style of Christianity. Not allowing our minds to be trapped by the fear of terrorism that engulfs those around us. We have to adjust our minds to that of the Sermon on the Mount, where the best life can be found in ceasing the circle of hate and violence. I choose to think that turning the other cheek is really the best way.

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