by Dave Schmidt, July 24, 2012
This morning I was in a conversation with a friend when the word “repentance” came up.
She said, “I don’t like that word, it brings up too many memories of being bad, ugly, horrible and I’m going to be punished if I do not change.”
This is a typical perception of those who’ve come from non-church or legalistic and judgmental church backgrounds.
If we knew what the real meaning and definition of repentance we might begin to fall in love with the word instead of having a negative reaction.
This misconception is a classic example of how perception and experiences form our world view that can be the opposite of its truth.
During my years at Bible School and Seminary I fell in love understanding the actual definitions behind so many biblical terms. I saw how cultural perception eroded a word’s true meaning and concept, denying us the power that certain words could have in our lives.
Since I was a young man, I’ve always had a deep love for the scriptures, choosing to see them as light and love from God instead of them being a tool to accuse and debase others. I could sit down and read the gospels and just fall in love with the words coming from Jesus.
It was recently in a reading I had with Archangel Michael I asked why I had such a deep pull and love for Him. He said because you were there, you were with in Him and worked with Him during his time on Earth. You were present at his crucifixion and His resurrection. After His ascension you left your occupation, became a follower of Him and returned to Rome to spread His teachings.
Wow, that was an eye opener. Not that our past lives make us important, but for me personally it brought so much into perspective and made so much sense. It clarified why I’ve had this deep love for Jesus and the words he spoke.
Well, one of those words he spoke often, is – you guessed it – repentance.
But how he used it was so powerful it would change people’s lives. When we understand its definition in the dictionary and its root meaning in Greek, the written language of the New Testament, we can see its impact.
The Greek word is metanoia. In Webster’s dictionary it means “a transformative change of heart, especially in a religious conversion.” In the original Greek it is a combination of two words, meta; meaning to change or turn around. And noia; meaning the mind or a way of thinking.
I think you got it. Repentance in its truest sense means to change your mind or change how you view something.
It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of viewing something from an old past perception and continuing to bring that old perception into our lives years and years later. We stay stuck in it until we have some form of an awakening or a wakeup call. Sometimes it’s one of those ‘ah ha’ moments while at other times it’s a serious crisis. As long as we still live in 3D world, it’s often the latter.
There are so many authors that teach and talk about the need to change how we think. It is our thoughts that determine the world we experience. As we are moving closer and closer to the Shift near the end of this year we’ll all need to allow our perspectives to change.
Years ago I allowed “repentance” to be a word I fell in love with. I invite you to perceive your world differently and do the same.
Onward with repentance!!!