Saturday, February 24, 2007

Kierkegaard on Repentance

Repentance means to lament the sins one has committed and not to commit any more sins one has lamented.

There is a Savior, not merely so that we can resort to him when we have sinned, receiving forgiveness, but precisely for the purpose of saving us from sinning.

God in heaven, let me rightly feel my nothingness, not to despair over it, but all the more intensely to feel the greatness of your goodness.

It is precisely our consciousness of sin that can lead us nearer to God. For there is hope of conquering the evil, if only, every time sin attacks us, it leads us nearer to God.

How shall God be able in heaven to dry up your tears when you have not yet wept?

The all-knowing One does not get to know something about the one who needs confession, rather the one who confesses gets to know something about himself.

Teach me, oh God, not to torture myself and not to make a martyr of myself in suffocating introspection, but to take deep and wholesome breaths of faith!

Oh infinite love, I do desire to be involved with you! If I make a mistake, oh, you who are love, strike me so that I get on the right path again.

- pages 363-365, Provocations: spiritual writings of Kierkegaard

1 comment:

Roopster said...

Hey Tim a bit off topic but based on you comments on the CT blog on church leadership, I'd be interested in see what your comments are on my recent two blog posts.