Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Repentance, 14th December

14. Repentance

“Of all acts repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.”

Thomas Carlyle

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“Everyone goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.”

Voltaire

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We spoke recently about forgiveness. Today we are talking about the value of repentance.

You can forgive someone without a need for them to repent but it makes for a more contented life to offer repentance; not just for you but for the other person too.

Repentance refreshes. What’s so hard about admitting that you got something wrong? The liberty of truthfulness, and an offering of genuine contrition is incredibly powerful.

We all make mistakes. We often make mistakes without meaning to cause harm to others. A simple act of repentance can go a long way to make a difference. But what if we went a step further and considered our actions in order to avoid a need for repentance?

Consider this quote.

“People who commit evil actions are unaware of their consequences at the moment of performance. Therefore, they tend to repent on seeing the consequences of what they did. This creates grief.”

Sometimes people commit acts completely aware of the consequences too. Sometimes they act, know that they’ve caused harm and still offer no repentance. However, this quote offers an important lesson. Some repent because they can see the harm of their actions but doing the harm in the first place creates so much unnecessary grief.

Answer? Isn’t it obvious?

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Things are going to slide, slide in all directions

Won’t be nothing

Nothing you can measure anymore

The blizzard, the blizzard of the world

Has crossed the threshold

And it has overturned

The order of the soul

When they said REPENT REPENT

I wonder what they meant

When they said REPENT REPENT

I wonder what they meant

When they said REPENT REPENT

I wonder what they meant

Leonard Cohen, “The Future”

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One thought on “Seasonal Values – For Every Season: Repentance, 14th December

  1. lvsrao says:

    Good post.
    In respect of Inadvertent actions also repentance arises and it would bear forgiveness by the sufferer.

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