Repentance

When I hear the word “Repent” I think of the revival tents of my youth and the shouts from the preacher to “repent.” “Repentance” in fact is everywhere in the New Testament. John the Baptist (Mt 3:2), Jesus (Mt. 4:17), Peter (Acts 2:38) and even in Revelation the seventh church is told “be zealous and repent.” (Rev. 3:19).

So we ask what exactly does it mean to “repent.” I read a good definition lately. “Repentance is not an emotion. It is not feeling sorry for your sins. It is a decision. It is deciding that you have been wrong you can manage your own life and be your own God….
When we “repent” we make a decision quit doing things the same old way, thinking the same old thoughts and expecting a different outcome. It is a decision to follow a path toward peace. It is saying no to the world and yes to God.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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