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Radicality

13 Mar

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. (Jonah 3:1-5)

Radical Repentance

The Bible teaches something very important for all Christians to learn: radical repentance. Radical repentance is where realize your own depravity; where you realize how badly you’ve sinned, and how badly you’ve hurt God, and where you repent of what you did. Followed by putting on sackcloth and ashes, and fasting… Or the modern-day equal thereof.

Radical Amputation

Radical repentance is when we look to Jesus, become forgiven, and then change. Something that should go right along with radical repentance, is radical amputation. Jesus says that if our eye causes us to sin, we should pluck it out; that’s radical amputation. This doesn’t mean we’re to actually pluck out our eye, or any other such thing, but instead that we should blind ourselves to whatever it is we’re seeing that we shouldn’t be seeing. We do this, by removing any possibility of seeing that thing, whatever it may be. i.e. When we repent of what we did wrong, we should try to prevent ourselves from doing or seeing that thing again.

Think of it this way: someone steps on your foot, and immediately apologizes for doing so. More than apologize, lets say this person is particularly emotional and slightly unstable, and so covers them-self with ashes and sackcloth, and cries over stepping on your foot. Yet, a minute later, they do the same thing (step on your foot) again. That’s extremely radical repentance, without “radical amputation” (i.e. walking away from the first person, so that the person couldn’t accidentally step on their foot again). Every-time we sin, we’re practically punching God. And if we repent of sinning, but then do it again, what good does the repentance do for anyone? None whatsoever.

The point being this: once we realize that we’ve sinned/once we understand that whatever it is we’re doing is wrong, we should repent of it; we should ask God to forgive us, and give us power to overcome. But then we need to also radically amputate any chance, if doing such a thing is possible in the circumstance, of our being able to do it again.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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