“Father, forgive me for being an angry person.”
“Lord, I’m sorry that I’m addicted to porn.”
“God, I wish I wasn’t so resentful, I wish I could forgive them.”
I’m starting to wonder if maybe that’s the wrong way to repent.
The main reason I think that is because we are repenting of an identity that is not true of a child of God – when Jesus begins to inhabit us, He gives us His nature, He gives us His identity as a son/daughter of God.
Those things we want to repent of – they aren’t how God sees us. God doesn’t see you as His angry kid, or as His lustful kid, or as His dishonest kid, or as His irresponsible kid, or His sexually immoral kid, or as His greedy kid, or His selfish kid…
He just sees you as His.
God doesn’t regard us according to the flesh – that is, He doesn’t look at us the way we look at ourselves – and He invites us to look at ourselves and Him the way He looks at us and at Himself (2 Corinthians 5:16.)
We wear our sin like a garment when we say things like, “I’m an angry person,” or, “I’m a porn addict,” or, “I’m a liar,” or, “I’m selfish.” That is, we put that forward as our identity instead of realizing that these are problems we may have, but not problems that define us.
God is a God Who clothes us. Consider the following:
“to grant those who mourn in Zion – to give them…the garment of praise for a faint spirit..” (Isaiah 61:3)
“my soul shall exult in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation…” (Isaiah 61:10)
“When I passed by again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of My garment over you and covered your nakedness…” (Ezekiel 16:8)
See, when God intervenes, He intervenes to cover those things we think we are seen as. They may still exist – for all have sinned and most of us still sin – but they are not our defining characteristic.
Let us, by the grace of God, shed our sinful skin and be covered by His garments of righteousness.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”