The word ‘repent’ has a rich history in the Christian world. You may recognize the Old Testament saying, “Repent in sackcloth and ashes.” This statement was usually made in response to a Hebrew person or group of people after God called them out on some sinful lifestyle that was out of hand. Often, the heart of repentance was to get an all-powerful God off their back to escape the consequences of sin.
The New Testament starts with John the Baptist and then Jesus declaring their listeners should repent because the kingdom of heaven was near. With Jesus on the scene, true repentance is changing life after life!
It is the heart of God to see lives and communities wrought with sin be freed and brought into a relationship with Jesus!
I can hear you all saying, “Why are you talking about repentance when we are supposed to be talking about 1 Corinthians 13:4a, Rob? ‘Love is patient and kind,’ what does that have to do with repentance?”
Great question—I hope to see you in church on Sunday to get the answer! To whet your appetite, though, read Romans 2:1-5. While you’re at it, read through 1 Corinthians chapter 13.