Our post Come This Way took a look at what the word repent means. We said that repentance is not the same as confession.
Confession is that the acknowledgement that:
- what we did was wrong
- what we did or continue to do isn’t working
- my choices or actions have hurt myself & others
- I am sorry about those choices or actions
- I want to change
Repentance means to be going in one direction & then to make a radical turn.
Repentance is a radical change of :
- a habit
- a lifestyle
- an attitude
We looked at Mark 1:15. The NIV version says: Repent & Believe the Good News.
The NLT version adds a word- Repent of Your Sins & Believe the Good News.
It doesn’t say confess your sins. It says turn from your sins.
There is a huge difference. To really grasp that difference I believe we need to have a workable definition of sin.
Sin is Meeting A Legitimate Need In An Illegitimate Way
A few weeks ago I wrote the post called Homemade Please. I shared the story of a family birthday that tied comfort foods with comforting relationships. I shared how the phrase ‘ solid chocolate bunnies from Woolworths ‘ brings comfort to my children as they remember their grandma.
The problem arises when we go to the comfort food to meet a need for comfort.
We Try to Meet a Legitimate Need In An Illegitimate Way
Meals are meant to be times where there is peace, safety , connection & comfort. Growing up,most meals were times of conflict or awkward silence. Occasionally we would have a less stressful mealtime. In my memory, those meals are tied to a memory of what was served.
Kraft Dinner & Beet Pickles!
Cooking a package of Kraft Dinner & even consuming the whole thing will never fill the real hole- not in my stomach nor in my heart.
My need for comforting relationships is a legitimate need.
I have the right to know that:
- I am safe,
- I am welcome
- I belong
- I have worth
- I can contribute
- I have something to offer
The problem for me & for you is that we try to meet those legitimate needs in ways that aren’t working. Ways that have & are causing real damage.
Sin is trying to meet our own needs in ways that aren’t working . Sin meets legitimate needs in ways that damage us & others .
In the post Come This Way I had you answer the question:
What Am I Doing That Isn’t Working?
Today’s question is :
Which of My Legitimate Needs Aren’t Being Met?
Be sure to share your answers with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.