To repent is to adopt God’s viewpoint in place of your own…
In itself, far from being sorrowful, it is the most joyful thing in the world, because when you have done it you have adopted the viewpoint of truth itself and you are in fellowship with God.
—William Temple (1881-1944)
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength …” –Isaiah 30:15
Repentance is deciding that you have been wrong in supposing that you could manage your own life and be your own god;
it is deciding that you were wrong in thinking that you had, or could get, the strength, education and training to make it on your own;
it is deciding that you have been told a pack of lies about yourself and your neighbours and your world.
And it is deciding that God, in Jesus Christ, is telling you the truth.
Repentance is a realization that what God wants from you and what you want from God are not going to be achieved by doing the same old things, thinking the same old thoughts.
Repentance is a decision to follow Jesus Christ and become his pilgrim in the path of peace. —Eugene Peterson (1932- )