Repentance is probably one of the most misunderstood words in the Bible. Many people confess their sins with a view toward forgiveness, but without genuine repentance accompanying that confession.

The story is told of a priest who was hearing confession from one of his parishioners. The man told him he had been stealing lumber from the building supply company where he worked. He confessed, “I’ve built a home for myself and two more for my family, including a lake house.” The priest replied, “This is quite serious and you must spend a significant amount of time reflecting on what you’ve done. Have you ever done a retreat?“ The man shot back, “No, but if you can get the blueprints, I can get the lumber.”

Repentance is more than being sorry for what you’ve done. It also involves a change of behavior. It is like you are walking down a road, you make a 180 degree turn, and walk in the opposite direction. Jesus said, “…unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”    (Luke 13:3) Has there been this kind of change in your life?

(adapted from John Hagee, San Antonio TX)

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