REPENTANCE: What is it about?
This word is a big part of your life; if you are a Christian.
One of the most controversial Christian thesis ever written in history is Martin Luther’s “The 95 Thesis”. This thesis brought forth the beginning of The Reformation and have revolutionized Christianity and the world. It is not a shock that Martin Luther placed “REPENTANCE” in number 1.
1. When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent” (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
This word has occurred in the Bible 92 times. We hear it in churches a lot and if you are church person you have used this word several times as well. But what does the word “repentance” truly meant?
Before, I thought that it just meant saying sorry. And that was it, I repented.
But when I dug deeper into the word I found out more.
Wikipedia: In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by two verbs: shuv (to return) and nicham (to feel sorrow). In the New Testament, the word translated as ‘repentance’ is the Greek word (metanoia), “after/behind one’s mind”, which is a compound word of the preposition ‘meta’ (after, with), and the verb ‘noeo’ (to perceive, to think, the result of perceiving or observing). “
Simply; it meant to feel sorrow about our own actions and to experience a changing of mind and a changing of heart.
I firmly believe that being a Christian and being repentant’s intertwined. Repentance is the Christian lifestyle. We can go to church, we can do all the activities. We can even mark ourselves with the word “Christian” but without repentance, these are all meaningless. Repentance is not easy, it takes a lot of humility to admit that we are wrong and to feel sorrow about our own actions?That’s another level.
In a generation where you see people saying “this is me, I’ll do what I want”. Or the “it’s all about me” culture that have plagued our churches. It seems like repentance is slowly losing its place in a Christian lifestyle.
I do believe that pride is the mother of all sins and that humility is the way to defeat sin. The more we move away from ourselves the nearer we draw to God. And I believe that repentance is rooted in a lot of humility.
I know I’m not the perfect person to write a note such as this. But just today, seeing other “Christians”, I saw myself. And how far away I have moved from repentance and allowed pride to rule over me.
My friends, I urge you. Repent.