Imagine this scenario. You are sightseeing in a European city, walking down streets looking for a national landmark. You ask someone on the street where the landmark is and find out you are going the wrong way. At this point, you have a choice to make. You can continue on your path, assuming you know better than the local. Or you can turn around and go the other direction. But that turning around involves taking steps in the new direction. It would be silly to take the advice of the local person, turn around, and then stand still. You won’t reach the landmark simply by turning. You have to take steps in the other direction.
In considering the nature of repentance, we often focus on the turning around aspect. But we mustn’t miss what comes next: taking steps of obedience as a result of true repentance, a true “turning.” Continue reading →