“The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!” – Jesus (Mark 1:15)
“Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god; it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the strength, education, and training to make it on your own; it is deciding that you have been told a pack of lies about yourself and your neighbors and your world. And, it is deciding that God in Jesus Christ is telling you the truth. Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts.”
“Repentance is a decision to follow Jesus Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace.”
– Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction
In this quote, Peterson really gets at what repentance truly is, and what it looks like: It looks like making a decision to live differently.
Repentance is to exchange the ways of the world, for the ways of Christ; to say that following the path of guilt, shame, judgment, power, and fighting for meaning isn’t the path you are called to walk. Instead, you are called to walk a path of peace, life, grace, holiness, and love.
Repentance is making a decision to live differently, not just feel differently.
So, with all that, ask yourself, “Are there any decisions you need to make today?
Because, you can choose to live differently, starting today.