In our I’m okay and you’re okay society, repentance is not something many of us give much thought to, but we must. Repentance (according to Wayne Grudem) is “a heartfelt sorrow for sin (sin is – any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude or nature) a renouncing of it, and a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ.”
In What Jesus Demands from the World (for the rest of this series of blogs wJd) John Piper says,
“we may infer that the basic meaning of repent is to experience a change of the
mind’s perceptions and dispositions and purposes.” (pg. 40)
Our faith is not about behavior modification. It is knowing God is Holy and we are not and apart from Christ we are hopeless. If our hope is only in Christ then we must do whatever He demands.
I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
But wait… I’m not that bad. Oh trust me, you are!
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8
“This is the demand of Jesus to
every soul: Repent. Be changed deep within. Replace all God-dishonoring,
Christ-belittling perceptions and dispositions and
purposes with God-treasuring, Christ-exalting ones.” (wJd pg. 43)