Ok I couldn’t help but to post this blog. After reading and rereading Mere Christianity, this has to be one of my favorite parts.
If you don’t have time to read whole thing, skip to last little part…wow.
Man is not an imperfect creature who needs improvement; he is a rebel who must lay down his arms. Laying down your arms, surrendering, say you are sorry, realising that you have been on the wrong track and getting ready to start life over again from the ground floor. This process of surrender is what Christians call repentance. Now repentance is no fun at all. It is something much harder than merely eating humble pie. It means unlearning all the self-conceit and self-will that we have been training ourselves into for thousands of years. It means killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death. In fact, it needs a good man to repent; only a bad person needs to repent; only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person— and he would not need it.
Remember, this repentence, this willing submission to humiliation and a kind of death, is not something God demands of you before He will take you back and which He could let you off if He chose; it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like. If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back.
If you are interested in reading material for Christians, read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis.
Posted on May 21, 2009, in Daily Word and tagged cs lewis, mere christianity, repentence. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.
Some DEEP words, very honestly put, makes me feel like I just steped back into the class room. My thinking cap is at work.!!
That is really rich, I could relate and type in agreement for some time, however I think it more appropriate to just leave it as it is…
“repentance is simply a description of what going back to Him is like.” wow. That description is so powerful.
“If you ask God to take you back without it, you are really asking Him to let you go back without going back.” wow again. so clear so concise.
Impossible to separate conversion and repentance
Mere Christianity is my favorite book!! (after the Bible, of course) I re-read it about once every year. Never fails to bring me back to the basics, and focus me on what Christianity is really all about.
we need another C.S. Lewis…
Part of being a Christian is repenting often. For we have all sinned and fallen short of the mark – the glory of God (Romans 3:23). One could say, “Christianity is a life of repentance.”
I think at times, we as people substitue Remorse for repentance. When really they are on opposite plains.