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Acts 11:18. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”
I turned out of the hotel parking lot on my way to a guest preaching assignment. The territory was unfamiliar to me. I was told it would take only twenty minutes to get to the church. I had a fairly decent map. I had not felt particularly well after a long drive the day before, so I allowed myself an extra fifteen minutes. Lesson learned. Allow longer when I’m not familiar with where I’m going.
First, I turned the wrong way out of the parking lot. I corrected that one fairly quickly. The bigger problem was a turn I missed along the way. When I started to come into an unexpected town, combined with the reality of having been on the road much longer than twenty minutes, I knew I had gone wrong. I turned around and headed back to the missed junction. I found it and made it to church on time. Barely.
That is what repentance literally means: to change direction. It’s about taking the corrective actions one needs to take to get where one wants to go.
Now maybe I’ll repent of the sin I share with others of my gender, which is refusing to ask directions.