Wednesday, July 6, 2011
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TIM AND KATHY! Twenty six years goes by pretty fast. Another twenty six years and you will be married as long as we have. :)
(How Jesus Came Into My Life)
I continue to see new vocabulary in my search for knowing God in His Word. Another word that stands out to me and is extremely important in my walk with Christ is Repentance.
In Catholicism I learned confession and penance. I went to a priest and confessed my sins to him and he gave me penance by saying so many Hail Mary's and Our Father's. Then I was good to go till next time. This may seem silly but when I was a kid I use to make up sins just to have something to say when I went to confession. I didn't really know the seriousness of sin.
It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven because of who He is and because of who we are. God is loving and just, but He is also holy. He cannot have fellowship with us on a personal level because our sinful nature makes us incompatible with God's holiness. It is Jesus who paid for my sins and made it possible for me to have this personal relationship with God. I will elaborate on that more in a future post.
The word Repentance means to turn ones life around and not sin against God and another person if involved. Consider the act of repentance. Confessing my sins before God communicates something God already knows. Yet somehow the act of confession binds the relationship and allows a closeness that could not otherwise exist. I make myself vulnerable and dependent, bringing God and me together. The same kind of intimacy happens when (all too rarely) I apologize to Grandpa for something we both know about. I do not bring him information, I bring him my heart, my humbled self.
To Be Continued