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The gift of repentance
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
August 11, 2022

Do you love repenting? That word might bring some uninspiring pictures to mind. Perhaps an angry preacher thumping his Bible or a street corner Christian with a scowl and a threatening sign.

But repentance is more beautiful than you might assume. The word in the Greek language means, “to change your mind.” Whenever you change your mind and agree with God, you are officially “repenting.” So when you reorder your life so God is the center of your universe, the glorious sun around which the planets of your time, your finances, your words, your career, your relationships, and your sexuality orbit, you are repenting. You’re simply agreeing that God deserves to be your first and your best.

I won’t lie to you—repentance is costly. When you change your mind about something, it leads to a change in behavior. You might have to give up a short-term pleasure or humble yourself and apologize for something you said. However, those sacrifices are small compared to being on the same page as God.

John the Baptist, famous for calling people to repentance, was once described in this way: “John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them” (Luke 3:18). It was good news to give up something as small as sin in order to be with God himself.

Is there anything you need to repent of today? anything that’s taken over God as your greatest passion? Change your mind and agree with the God who has taken away all of your sins. You won’t regret it.

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