Repentance Follows Obedience

Once John outran Peter, and now obedience is placed before repentance. — John Climacus

That’s an old-school word for you–repentance. If you haven’t figured it out, I shun those old religious words fearing either misinterpretation or that they’ve lost their power.

But having placed our former life behind us and decided to be obedient to God, then we need to decide on a new path.

Repentance is the renewal of baptism and is a contract with God for a fresh start in life. – John Climacus

So many people today, and maybe always, do not leave room for repentance in other people. And what follows–grace.

On the one hand I read too much from those who are today called evangelicals who seem to not possess the quality of allowing others to repent and receive grace.

On the other hand there are people I’ve met who are so filled with pride that it is beyond their understanding to change their lives and acknowledge their past.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, “Only the penitent man shall pass.” He works it out, “The penitent man kneels before God.” He kneels and the giant bread slicer goes harmlessly over his head.

The penitent man kneels before God. And goes forward to seek the Holy Grail.

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