After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.-" Mark 1:14-15
- What do you focus on more: Jesus' command to love others... or to repent and believe?
Focusing to love others before repentance is not going to be successful. Repentance is not a feeling. It's not about feeling bad and guilty of the wrong things I've done. Repentance is about the mind (from the Greek word "metanoia" which means change one's mind), that is why after Jesus said "repent" the word believe came next. We believe through the mind (first), then the heart follows. It's changing my mind from how I view God before as a distant God, to a loving, personal God (and so on).
- What incident in your life incited radical inward transformation? Would you regard it as a miracle?
Listening to sermons that focuses on Jesus and God's love for me were the things that incited radical inward transformation in me. Yes, they are miracles. Otherwise, I will remain to believe the wrong things about God and inner transformation will not be possible.
- Repentance fosters humility and surrender, so what can you repent of?
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