Repentance is not being sorry for the things you have done, but being sorry you are the kind of person that does such things.
The Deeper Journey by Robert Mulholland Jr.
Repentance is something we don’t talk about much in the church but it was the appropriate response to our sin in the Bible. Repentance is not just about turning away from a particular sin. That is a band aid fix. Repentance is about going deeper, to the root of the weed and pulling from there. It’s about Jesus confronting our love affair with sin and our attitude of rebellion. That’s where God wants to do his work. He does not just want to tackle lust, anger, laziness, and other sins that stir up in us; He wants to bring the whole operation down on its head and remove our love for sin and motive for rebellion. That is the work of repentance in us.
In 1678, John Bunyan landed in prison for being unlicensed to preach by the Church of England. Rather than give up preaching, he endured twelve years in prison — away from his wife and children. The only thing greater than his passion for his family was his passion for Christ. That compelled him to preach the cross.
While in prison, he published one of the greatest works of Christian literature, The Pilgrim’s Progress. Until recently, this book was the most widely circulated book besides the Bible. No book, outside of The Word of God, has better captured my imagination and challenged me in my Christian journey than this allegory*of the faith. Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers to ever live (in my opinion and that of MANY others), claimed to have read this book over 100 times in his lifetime! Spurgeon unlocked the power of this incredible story — one that invites you on the journey of a man named Christian, one that will change the way you see your faith. I suggest getting a modern translation of the book and reading it. **
*Allegory — a story that can be interpreted to reveal hidden meaning of a moral, political, or spiritual nature.
** I suggest this version: http://www.christianbook.com/pilgrims-progress-modern-english-updated-edition/john-bunyan/9780882707570/pd/07574.
Your kids will love this book, too! Check out the children’s version of this amazing journey called “Little Pilgrim’s Progress.” It comes complete with an adventure guide! http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=100827