As Christians around the world celebrate Lent, the season before Easter, in which we remember the sufferings of Christ...I feel it appropriate to bring up a pertinent topic.
Real pentinence; sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of His holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence. ..and is accompanied by amendment of life. Repentance is a change of mind, or a conversion from sin to God... [NW 1828]
It means changing our ways.
It means humility in knowing that the ways of God are above our ways, and that He is wiser than us.
It means seeking God to know His ways and to know what we need to change (with His help, and by His grace.)
So much of the Christian life can be defined by different interlocking principles found in the Word of God. Repentance requires humility and obedience. Repentance is lived out by Romans 12:1-3, surrendering our bodies as a living sacrifice, being transformed by the renewing of our minds, and by not thinking too highly of ourselves.
And, as we enter this Lenten season, when some of our Christian family re-enter the traditions of fasting, prayer, rediscovering the sorrows of Christ... I keep getting brought back to this. To repentance.