Wednesday Thought — What does repentance look like?
We are publishing our “Thursday thought” on Wednesday, because Thursday is Christmas day.
It is important to be wise in discerning counterfeit repentance because some abusers are good at feigning repentance. Words do not offer a sufficient guide to whether repentance is genuine or not. There should be evidence that the offender feels grief and hatred for his sin, not just grief at being found out, or fear of loss of privileges. He should be willing to make proper reparation to anyone injured by his conduct. This would include being willing to tell the truth to persons he has lied to. It would also include paying reasonable child support if the children are not living with the perpetrator (1 Tim. 5:8; Isa. 58:7).
(excerpt from Barbara Roberts’ book, Not Under Bondage. p 43)