Tim Keller was quoted on Twitter the other day (March 6, 2012), and it immediately grabbed my attention. He stated, “Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate sin.” Simple, brilliant and true.
This has given me much to think about and pray about, the effect of which are some musings that amplify, from my vantage point, Tim’s statement. Consider the following; I’m interested in any feedback.
|FEAR-BASED REPENTANCE||JOY-BASED REPENTANCE|
|Responds to condemnation||Responds to conviction|
|Is largely about “CYA”||Is largely about “See the lies!”|
|Wants to blame God, even if such blame is never spoken||Wants to agree with God|
|Is about self-pity and defensiveness||Is about a godly sorrow|
|Leads to “sin-management”||Leads to “soul-rest”|
|Is “me-centered”||Is “Christ-centered”|
|Fears repeated failure||Is confident in Holy Spirit’s care|
|I grovel before God||I glorify God|
|Hardness of heart||Tenderness of heart|
|See me||See God|
|Fig Leaves||Skins that Cover|
|Hide from God||Hide in God|
|Concerned I’ve hurt myself or reputation||Concerned I’ve hurt God and his reputation|
John . . . . thanks. It’s an honor to be on the journey with you. By the way . . . . I’m really proud of you, and thankful for the man that you are. It’s great to keep up with you on FB. “Further up and further in!”
It’s been really refreshing reading your blog, sir. “Further up and further in!”
Thanks Geoff. I’m thankful that in the end your reflection has encouraged you. Good caution too about the legalistic thing. Not the intention, of course, but I share your concern.
Matthew, it was a serious eye opener when you posted Tim’s original comment on FB. I had to take a moment – a few actually – and make sure I wasn’t fear-based. Lots of prayer and reflection later – plus reviewing this list – helps me see that God is dominant in my life and I take great joy in that.
Not that I don’t need help in some, OK, a lot, of areas . . . . .
One thought, though. Lists like this can lead some people to a legalistic view of salvation. Yeah, speaking from personal history here.
My immediate thoughts and $.02.