Repentance – Change by Turning…

     A recent news report highlighted a political candidate whose views have changed radically over the years. There was much commentary about the candidate’s motivation. Were the changes sincere or simply politically expedient?

     I have no insight into the heart of this individual and spent neither time nor energy speculating on the politician’s motivation.

     As I listened, though, I began considering the whole matter of personal change and ways in which my thinking, views and behaviors have changed over the course of the last five decades.

     I’m a very different person in 2019 than I was in 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 or 2009.

     In the past five decades, my soul has changed in significant ways.

     Some changes occurred naturally because of the perspective age and maturity brings. Many of my soul’s changes, however, are the result of repentance.

     In the New Testament, the word repentance is derived from a Greek word, metanoia, defined as the state of changing any or all of the elements composing one’s life: attitude, thoughts and behaviors…[1]

     My Spiritual Director described repentance as a series of small changes in which we ‘turn from…’ in order to ‘turn toward….’

     Metanoia is a process. As one who follows Christ, I’ve found the process of metanoia involves:

  • turning away from even one small attitude, thought or behavior I believe does not honor God, and then,
  • turning toward a different attitude, thought or behavior that does honor God.

     The outcome of this series of changes causes my character to be conformed more and more into that of Jesus.

     Because Jesus is perfect and because I will always be a work in progress, my journey of metanoia will result in a lifelong adventure of transformation.

     In my next post, I’ll offer some steps I’ve found helpful in the process of soul change.

     Until then,

Blessings as you consider your journey of repentance…

Sue Reeve

Sue Reeve

  1. Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance, Second Edition

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