Transformational Repentance Causes Personal Redemption
What is repentance? The common answer describes it as recognizing that one has sinned and consequently feeling remorse. Yet repentance as described in the Word is deeper in meaning. The Bible illustrates repentance as a transition from dependence on oneself to a dependence on God.
This change is very meaningful since repentance involves a submission of ourselves to God. We entrust to him our overall well-being. At first glance, this may be interpreted as losing control of our lives. Yet our submission will do us more good since there is no escape from the law of sin. Hence, repentance should be the way for all of us.
This is what sets apart Christianity from many other religions. It recognizes the law of sin. It also acknowledges that as humans, we are weak to overcome and push away our desires and the thoughts we do not want.
This only emphasizes that God is better equipped at handling our lives because he is more powerful than us. While our willpower is weak and compromised, God is steadfast. We can get through anything if we humble ourselves and repent.
So far I have outlined our part in the process of repentance. Christ’s Spirit is what lifts us and exalts us. Christ set the stage for this to happen by His crucifixion and resurrection. It wouldn’t be possible without Him and the shedding of His blood. Therefore, we humble ourselves toward Him—so that we can receive His Spirit.
I elaborate about repentance and redemption in my post for Charisma Magazine. Do give it a read. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads if you want to discuss this topic. I would love to exchange ideas with you on any of the platforms. I also explore more of these things in my book, Hidden Treasure.