The Substance of Faith

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Quotes on Repentence

Perhaps these quotations will be helpful to others who are preaching and teaching during this Lenten Season.


Those of us who preach in mainline denominations know that we have a language problem in the church.  Some of our best words have decayed from long use and rough treatment.  Others have been kidnapped by strangers and yet others institutionalized by so-called friends.  Charity is more likely to mean a tax-deductible donation to us than anything having to do with the heart.  Mission is something every corporate business has, and stewardship is a dreary season in the fall.  Other words have been used as weapons for so long that no one will go near them anymore.  Repentance has come to mean “sorry” and sin to mean “wrong,” although both words possess far more promise than that.

Gail O’Day & Thomas G. Long, Editors, Listening to the Word. p. 207

 God does not wait for our repentance; he loves us anyway.

 Thomas Cahill, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, p. 207

 Repentance involves the receiving of a totally new disposition so that I never do the wrong thing again.

The repentant man[sic] experiences the humiliating conviction that he has broken the law of God and that he is willing to accept, on God’s terms, the gift of a new life that will prove sufficient in him to enable him to live a holy life—not hereafter, but here and now.

 Oswald Chambers, Conformed to His Image/The Servant As His Lord,  p. 29

 If you are renewed by grace, and were to meet your old self, I am sure you would be very anxious to get out of his company.

 Charles H. Spurgeon

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. I have heard others, and I have heard myself, recounting cruelties and falsehoods committed in boyhood as if they were no concern of the present speaker’s, and even with laughter. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. The guilt is washed out not by time but by repentance and the blood of Christ: if we have repented these early sins we should remember the price of our forgiveness and be humble.

C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain

No sin is so light that it may be overlooked. No sin is so heavy that it may not be repented of.

 Moses Ibn Ezra

Repentance is not what we do in order to earn forgiveness; it is what we do because we have been forgiven… It serves as an expression of gratitude rather than an effort to earn forgiveness. Thus the sequence of forgiveness and then repentance… is crucial for understanding the gospel of grace.

Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel, p. 74


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