I’ve been thinking about repentance this week. Read a @youversion plan. Heard a sermon.
I can’t say I’ve ever really considered how I would define it personally. I’ve always leaned on others’ definitions, such as this one from the @youversion plan:
Repentance isn’t doing something about our sin; it is admitting that we can’t do anything about our sin.
I like that one. Certainly puts my mind in the right direction. Less about my ability and more about my need.
Here are a few definitions I’ve written this week:
- A repentant heart is a softened heart.
- A repentant heart has turned away from the dark and turned toward the light (Jesus said he was the light).
- Repentance is when I stop disagreeing with the truth (Jesus said he was the truth).
- Repentance is possible when the light finally comes on.
- Repentance begins when I accept my self-given excuses are lies.
This is a good exercise-defining repentance. Give it a try and see what it does to your heart and to your relational status with the truth and the light.