Canadians have the reputation of being extremely apologetic; we say I’m sorry for every little oops and faux pas even though repentance never crosses our minds.
I remember being challenged with the ‘are you sorry you did it or sorry you got caught?’ question when I was young and I never forgot it…only the ‘sorry I did it’ reckons repentance.
Dr. Lakeland suggests this; a national repentance—from the bottom up, perhaps—may be our only hope.
We can apologize
Again and again
But only repentance
Brings about change
I’m sorry; the chieftain
Of Verbal fraud
I’m sorry is nothing
But noisy Mouth-art
From the heart
© Janet Martin
1. to feel sorry, self-reproachful, or contrite for past conduct; regret or be conscience-stricken about a past action, attitude, etc. (often followed by of):
He repented after his thoughtless act.
2. to feel such sorrow for sin or fault as to be disposed to change one's life for the better; be penitent.
verb (used with object)
3. to remember or regard with self-reproach or contrition:
to repent one's injustice to another.
4. to feel sorry for; regret:
to repent an imprudent act.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,