Lent will be here in just a couple of weeks. Today, the Bible opened to a short and simple statement from Jesus:
From that time on, Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Repent. I have heard that word since I was a child. Particularly during Lent. Repent. For the first time, I looked up its definition. Here is what my quick internet search revealed:
- to feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing or sin.
- to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life
- to feel regret or contrition
- to change one’s mind
To feel or express sincere regret or remorse. So first, I need to feel and express regret and remorse. The regret part comes pretty easy for me. I have lots of regrets. The part I can probably work on is the sincere remorse, which I think is a little more than just regret. To be sincerely sorry for my sin. To be sincere, I have to really think about it. I generally don’t like to think back on the things I do wrong and instead I just lump them into general categories and try to move on. I don’t want to think about the things I do wrong. I don’t want to think about sin, and particularly not about my sin! As a result when I do think about my sins (often just briefly) or prepare for confession, the same sins come back to mind. Perhaps because I have not truly repented — have not thought about them enough to have true, sincere remorse — and as a result have not allowed myself to be freed from them.
The other definitions are even harder. Repent: To turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life. T
The kingdom of heaven is at hand. It is time to repent. Time to change our lives for the better.
I am sincerely sorry for my sins. Help me to dedicate myself to do better.