Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Repentance — the gateway to heaven! For what is repentance but the tailwind driving us into the open arms of the Father? A foretaste of heaven.
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Basilea Schlink was the founder and director or the Sisterhood of Mary. This small book that was published 46 years ago, based on a letter sent to a friend 68 years ago, makes the case for daily repentance of the believer over sin which then leads to the joy-filled life. No repentance, no joy. She makes this case based on the scripture verse Micah "Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity! Dead are those Christians who have never wept over their sins or who have long ago ceased to weep over sins.
Repentance is the only gate through which the Gospel is received. Repentance is the entrance to the joy-filled life with Christ. But her life was changed as she stood before Him with repentant heart receiving His forgiveness. Realize we have no repentance.
He has to teach and lead us. No one is able to change his own hard heart into one that is soft and broken. No repentance because we are proud, self-righteous, unwilling and make excuses p. Sermon on the Mount as the standard measurement for our life but set our own up.
While I am not sure of all of her interpretations of various passages, I am draw to the thesis of the book: daily repentance over daily sin brings daily joy.
This to me is another way to "Preach the Gospel" to myself. It helps. It is a radical reversal that takes us back along the road of our sinful wanderings, creating in us a completely different mind-set. We come to our senses spiritually Luke Regret there will be, but the heart of repentance is the lifelong moral and spiritual turnaround of our lives as we submit to the Lord.
Repentance: The Joy Filled Life