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Matthew 3:2-3 (NLT) In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
The topic of repentance is one that is said out loud in Christian churches often. Not only was it a topic John the Baptist wanted to be sure to communicate, but it was also the very first line of the very first sermon Jesus taught (see Matthew 4:17). But, what does the word repent really mean?
The Greek word translated as repent is metanoia. It most specifically refers to the changing of one’s mind. James Bryan Smith notes in his book The Good and Beautiful God, “Jesus understood that transformation begins in the mind.” Another understanding of what it means to repent is to do an about face, having a complete change of thought and attitude.
As you read today, consider this: What is one belief you currently have in which you may need to repent, having a complete change of thought and attitude? (Some possibilities include, finances, race, nationality, loving others, etc.)
READING & PRAYERS:
QUESTION: What is one belief (or mindset) you currently have in which you may need to repent, having a complete change of thought and attitude? (Some possibilities include, finances, race, nationality, loving others, etc.)
Take a Step: This week, continue to utilize the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily to begin practicing being with God and resting in His presence. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices. See pauseapp.com for details.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as I begin a new week I humbly pray that I would recognize Your presence within me and throughout my surroundings this week. May I take nothing for granted and give You the glory, honor, and praise You are due. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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