This one is again for my mature Christian friends, and really straightforward. So let’s dive right in!
I used to say…
“It’s not really fair that you can get out of trouble just by saying sorry.”
To which you might reply…
That’s not how repentance works.
Sorry =/= Repentance.
But I was so ignorant of scripture and theology that I thought that just by saying “sorry,” you could have a get-out-of-jail-free card. (This erroneous belief might have been planted by the catechism in my childhood, but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.)
I used to literally think that a stiff, insincere “Sorry 🙄” meant that you had a clean slate. No consequences for awful, bad behavior! Just say sorry, then keep on being awful. You can just say sorry again to have another clean slate!
It never crossed my mind that you cannot fool God.
I mean, you can barely fool other people, let alone God! If you have kids, you’ve probably heard the sarcastic “Sorry… 🙄” before. (That isn’t fooling anybody, kiddo! 😏)
And it isn’t fooling God.
After that one sentence, you could go on to explain repentance the biblical way. Yes, saying sorry might be part of the process, but being truly sorry in your heart, being honest with God, and being willing to turn your life around– that’s more like it.
It’s a bit embarrassing that I used to think that saying “sorry, gawd, whatever” was repentance, but hey! That’s why I’m doing these posts! To help you guide your friends towards the truth 🙂 Because even if they are not believers, a quick “sorry dude!” is not repentance!
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