Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Making Changes

Matthew 3:2 (NLT) Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.

Lent is a time self reflection and repentance.  We open our lives before God - our habits, our priorities, our relationships, how we spend our time.  What are we doing that needs to change?  Jesus died on the cross so we could be forgiven.  But we must repent.

That word.  Repent.  What does it mean?

Through years of Bible study I have come to understand repentance as turning 180 degrees away from something wrong and moving in the other direction, specifically, toward God.  Repentance is actively moving toward change.

I connect with this description by Lori Roeleveld, author and blogger, who recently summarized from the original Greek:  “Repent does not mean – ‘be sorry.’  Repent does not mean – ‘feel really, really, bad.’  Repent means to change, to be changed, to think differently after, to turn and act in a different way.”

Consider your behavior, thoughts, spending, attitudes – your everyday life.  For one entire day, be alert to the fact that Jesus is with you always.  Yes, always.  That’s His promise.  If you feel at all uncomfortable about Him accompanying you through your day, something needs to change.  Don’t feel badly because He already forgives you.  Just repent and turn toward Him.  Think and act differently.  Be changed.

Like a productive garden, a rich relationship should be tended regularly.  To be reminded to plant His Word in your heart, follow me on Twitter @Cathy_Chung or subscribe at Seeds of Scripture.

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