Sep 11, 2017
Welcome to episode 79 of the Known & Loved Podcast! Let's take a few minutes to talk about repentance, sin, and forgiveness. These are topics that touch us all in many ways every day. Even though the Bible has plenty to say about these topics, we can get weird ideas about them.
What is repentance? Sometimes we confuse repentance with grovelling or doing penance. But those things are a powerless attempt to clean ourselves up to some degree before we approach God in all of our messiness. In short, they are works. On occasion, we have spoken with some who are dissatisfied with another's repentance and thought they should have taken longer, spent more time at the bottom, and groveled more. In short, someone's repentance didn't measure up to their standard of how they viewed repentance. But repentance, when it does occur, is immediate. It's a change of mind on the part of the person repenting and it's something that originates from outside of us as the Holy Spirit softens our hearts (2 Tim 2:25-26).
The flip side of repentance is forgiveness in our horizontal relationships. Sin has its consequences, not with God, that relationship is forever restored, but with others around us. Sometimes we're told that forgiveness for a wrong done against has to be immediate and there has to be a restoration of the relationship. But is that true? We've seen on several occasions, someone who's been wronged or sinned against, pressured to immediately forgive and work toward restoration and if they can't, they are labeled as unforgiving and looked upon with suspicion. Sin gets messy and we complicate things with our wrong ideas about repentance and forgiveness.
We mention a blog post that Susan wrote entitled, Forgiveness, Trust, and Social Closeness that pairs nicely with this episode, like a good wine pairs with satisfying meal. You may want to read it before listening to this episode. You can find it at: