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.