Repentance Trumps Sorry

Pontificus Minimus Opines

Unless one is what we Southerners call “sorry,” a behavioral term, then most folks do feel sorry when they have done something they should not have.

Photo by The Delta Bohemian

Photo by The Delta Bohemian

There’s sorry, meaning one ain’t worth killing, which means they are sorry.
There’s sorry, meaning one feels regret over something they have likely done.
There’s sorry, meaning one is in a bad or sorry situation.
Pontificus feels sorry for being so sorry, which puts him in a sorry situation. BUT,
is not the same as repentance.

How does Ole Pontificus know the difference between being sorry and being repentant? Well, the lad took three weeks of Greek at Bible college; he dropped because the class started at 7:00 a.m. and he figured he already knew all the letters because he was a Greek in college.

Though there are three Greek words used in the Bible to define repentance, I know that only because I just looked it up, most Christians go with the Greek word meaning to not only feel bad about something they did, but to change behavioral direction no less than 180 degrees.

It’s is not enough to just feel sorry for something we did that we shouldn’t have done, we must stop doing what we did and we must do what we can to make amends. So, the next time Pontificus reaches across the table and takes a bite of your hamburger, don’t worry, he is sorry. Like his favorite Popeye character, Wimpy, he will “gladly pay you back Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Sound like repentance? pm


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