Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A change of heart is what transforms the future

Morning: Psalms 26, 28; Exodus 19:1-16; Colossians 1:1-14
Evening: Psalms 36, 39; Matthew 3:7-12

Time can twist the meaning of words. ‘Repentance’ (in Greek ‘metanoia’) really means ‘a change of heart’ or ‘a turnaround’.  It’s a sea change in a life, a complete reorientation. Unfortunately, repentance has been triviliazed as a moment of ‘saying sorry’ in search of forgiveness and a slate wiped clean.  But true repentance does not so much look backwards on past wrongs as it looks forwards towards a new future.  John challenges those whose ‘repentance’ is not heartfelt, but ‘just in case’… insurance more than intention.  Going through the motions, just saying words, changes nothing, but only a transformed heart.

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