This month, the Messenger’s theme is repentance. What a funny word. For years I have fallen into the easy and all too common trap of placing the worst construction upon this word and action. Why must I constantly live in awareness of my sin? Can we move on yet?
In the following pages, our writers advance a different perspective toward repentance: aspiration.
The experiences and outlooks taken underscore God’s grace, compassion, and eagerness to be in relationship with us. The Gospel calls us to repentance: to change our actions and our minds. It is merely the act of turning our perspective to God’s point of view. When we do this, His blessings abound.
I am very grateful to our writers for their personal and meditative reflections on this topic. Repentance is very personal and exposing even when it is just between you and God. Thank you for your willingness to share your insights.
It is my hope that as you read and reflect on the articles this month you will adjust your perspective on this word as I did.
“Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9: 13.