Brokenness and repentance 

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Is brokenness just Acknowledging our guilt and inability to not sin before a righteous God, or is it an emotional response to an overwhelming sense of despair at our state before the judgement of that righteous and holy God. 

Is repentance knowing you are guilty and knowing you should change, or is it a royal battle against your sin nature that is fought tooth and claw In every situation that you are aware of?

And the big question is, does it matter which definition applies to an individual as far as salvation is concerned?  Do we need to just “trust” in what was done for us on the cross, or must we do something. I’m not asking what we should do but what is necessary.

I think that everyone (maybe excluding sociopaths) believes we should try to be a better person and do what’s right. All people regret their transgressions. There may be a debate about what it takes to be a better person, what is right and what is a transgression (sin), but those debates go on in the church as well as the mosque the temple and the synagogue.  So it seems ALL believe in brokenness and repentance. Some wear sackcloth and ashes, some join monisteries, they used to sacrifice their children, and some say a prayer thanking God for grace and move on. 

To be a Christian we have to put out Trust in  Jesus.  But what do we trust him with and why do we need to. We trust that he has dealt with our sin (guilt/brokenness) and that it was necessary ( repentance).  Grace should free us to take joy in the knowledge that our guilt is dealt with.  And love should cause us to please our savior. Joy not brokenness and love not repentance. 

Because of what He could and did do it is not necessary for us to do what we can’t and won’t do. 


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