Since I can’t seem to find time to actually write blog posts, we’ll just continue with discussion around quotes I find provocative/helpful/mildly irritating…
Here’s A.W. Tozer:
Repentance is not a meritorious act… repentance is a condition we meet in order that God, already wanting to be good to us, can be good to us, forgiving and cleansing us.
I find it interesting that Tozer says repentance is not meritorious, but is a condition we need to meet in order to receive forgiveness and cleansing. That seems like a helpful distinction that helps us do what we need to do without thinking we’re earning anything. In this sense, repentance is simply the way we receive the gift of God’s mercy.
What do you think? Does that distinction make sense for you? Or does it feel like semantic jargoning? If so, how would you describe the role of repentance in the life of a Christian?