Our “Forty Days of Forgiveness” series has taught us that our capacity to forgive others depends upon our receptivity to the forgiveness God offers us in the outstretched arms of Christ on the cross. We cannot forgive others if we have never experienced the gift of having been forgiven. We can never appreciate the power of another’s apology if we ourselves have never uttered the words, “I’m sorry.”
The word most often used for repentance in the New Testament is metanoia. It’s a combination of two Greek words, meta, which means “beyond,” and nous, which means “mind.” Repentance means adopting a new “mind-set,” going beyond our ordinary ways of thinking, perceiving, responding to life. The purpose of repentance is to transcend our limited view of reality by opening up to God’s much larger and generous view. It requires us to turn away from the ego and toward God, and to put ourselves in God’s hands.
This week we’ll look at some of the key components of genuine repentance. How do you know if an apology is genuine? What makes for a bad apology? How can you tell if someone is serious about seeking forgiveness and reconciliation?
It’s week three of our series and I look forward to seeing you in worship!