REPENT! We hear that word and we get visions of the old-timey, hell-fire-and-brimstone preacher shouting and pointing a long, bony finger with one hand while pounding on the pulpit with his other. That picture does not give us a full understanding of what scripture means when it call us to repent.
The word from the Bible we translate as repent doesn’t simply mean to feel sorry or remorse, though those feelings may accompany repentance. It more literally means to change your mind. It includes changing the minds perceptions, purposes, and dispositions.
In previous articles I have stated in that the basis of our sinfulness is a declaration that we don’t need God, that we can be our own god or at least choose our own god. When someone like Peter in Acts 3:19 calls us to repent and turn to God what he is saying is to let God change…
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