Thought Provokers on Gospel Reading for Sunday, Dec. 8, Mt. 3:1-12

Repentance is not a popular word these days,

but I believe that any of us recognize it when it strikes us in the gut.

Repentance is coming to our senses,

seeing, suddenly, what we’ve done that we might not have done,

or recognizing…that the problem is not in what we do

but in what we become.

Kathleen Norris

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Sin is the best news there is,

…because with sin, there’s a way out!

There’s the possibility of repentance.

You can’t repent of confusion

or psychological flaws inflicted by your parents–

you’re stuck with them.

But you can repent of sin.

Sin and repentance are the only grounds for hope and joy.

The grounds for reconciled, joyful relationships!

You can be born again.

John Alexander

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Repentance is not self-regarding, but God-regarding.

It is not self-loathing, but God-loving.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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Do not make any mistake about it;

repentance is not a thing of days and weeks,

a temporary penance to be got over as fast as possible!

No, it is the grace of a lifetime, like faith itself.

Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith.

C. H. Spurgeon

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Too easily we equate repentance with being sorry.

But being sorry is only part of it.

We haven’t repented until our sorrow causes a change of mind about our sin,

and that results in a change of attitude.

When God shows us that our speech, attitude or action is wrong,

then we repent and change direction to go his way.

Marian Jones Clark

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About Daniel Mochamps

Church Planter, Anglican Diocese in New England (Anglican Church in North America).
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