Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near?
Let’s skip any negative religious baggage and get a better understanding.
In Biblical Hebrew, the idea of repentance is represented by the verb: שוב (shuv), which means to return. In the New Testament, the word translated as ‘repentance’ is the Greek word μετάνοια (metanoia), which means to open one’s mind and heart to reflection and change. Both words imply taking a personal inventory by soul-searching inwardly and looking beyond oneself to God with the desire of making appropriate changes in attitude and behavior in order to move forward in a more positive direction.
Pride and Progress
As C. S. Lewis said: ““As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you… Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.”
How do we turn toward God so that we can see Him and ourselves in His light?
Search yourself inwardly, open the eyes of your heart, and incline yourself toward God. Are you ready or even open to be welcomed home by the King of the universe and build, rebuild, or strengthen a warm and deep relationship with Him?