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Real, Day 14

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EPHESIANS 4:20-24 | That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Repentance puts us in touch with reality, with the truth about ourselves. The only alternative is denial, a life where we manufacture an untrue reality and then pretend it is real.

In the NT, repentance is a matter of putting away the old self, with its broken patterns, and putting on the new self which is radiant with the virtues of God’s goodness. We have a new self—truthful, joyful, caring, patient, and generous. We must remind ourselves of this new reality and its grounding in the acts and personal presence of our Lord. The Holy Spirit helps us see the old patterns and embrace the new ones.

Spend some time in quiet thinking about some of your own patterns that include fear, or doubt, or anger, or negativity.

Now think about your new self.

 

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Real, Day 13

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JOHN 3:3, 21 | Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

John called people to an inward and an outward act. Inwardly, they were to sense their inadequacy and God’s displeasure and to feel sorrow over their failings. Outwardly, they were to undergo baptism, making public and outward the inner sense of their need for forgiveness. The outward act without the inward is hypocrisy. The inward without the outward is incomplete, for it misses the chance to be humble and to encourage others toward repentance and hope as they struggle with their own brokenness. The twelve-step movement encourages public, as well as private, acts of confession for this reason. “Hello, I am Theodore and an alcoholic,” is a public admission of need and brokenness. In worship, we confess together, but as individuals.

When was your last confession?

 

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