Comfort in Repentance?

Lately, my thoughts have been turning toward the cross. Of course, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (throwback to our Advent devotions- yay!). However, as the rhythm of the church year carries us through Christ’s life, we reach a point at which we turn our faces to Jerusalem, as did our Lord. Because of His great love, we will never endure what He did; but led by His Spirit, we continually live in repentance.

But it’s never fun to examine one’s life and see what sins might be lurking. It’s hard. So hard.

But this is part of what we’re called to do as Christians. We don’t allow the devil a foothold as we strive to follow Christ. The funny thing of it is, though, that it isn’t something we can do. Even repentance. It’s something that God grants us.

Hang on. Repentance, and the guilt that precedes it, is a GIFT?

I don’t like that kind of gift. It’s not comfortable.

But how necessary! To remain blind to the thing that’s killing me—that’s a terrible place to be.

In that vein of thought, I invite you to join me this Lenten+ season in examining this gift of repentance. And in the process, we pray that God will guide us to a fuller understanding of repentance and a deeper relationship with Him.

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How it will work:

Every Tuesday and Thursday (beginning with the Thursday, the 15th of February), we will be examining a different aspect of repentance. Each day will focus on a verse that mentions it, describes it, or tells a story about it. It won’t be terribly long, but I pray that the time spent will guide us all to a deeper understanding of repentance and a more thorough examination of what God is doing through the repentance that He gives. If you’d like to receive these posts directly to your email inbox, be sure to subscribe to the blog via email!

For thought and discussion: What comes to mind when you hear the word “repentance”?

 

+Lent, or the Lenten season, is a part of the church year where we focus on Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness, as it corresponds to the Israelites’ time in the wilderness before reaching the Promised Land, and also as it corresponds to our own temptations and sins, remembering that it is for those sins that He died. During this time, we are also looking ahead to Holy Week, the week preceding Easter—it holds not only the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, but Maundy Thursday (Last Supper, when Jesus gives His disciples “a new commandment” {hence the “maundy”—it comes from the same root as “mandate”} to love one another) and Good Friday (the day remembering Jesus’s crucifixion). Lent ends with the triumphant celebration of the Resurrection, on Easter Sunday.

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