“When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it. “- C.S. Lewis
Ever wonder how we repent of sin? We are told to repent of our sin but how is that possible when it is our very ‘badness’ that precipitates the need for the one thing we are unable to accomplish on our own?
Lewis says that we can do it but not on our own. “We mean God putting into us a bit of Himself, so to speak. He lends us a little of His reasoning powers and that is how we think: He puts a little of His love into us and that is how we love one another.”
Do you see it? Repentance and transformation is of God not of man. The ability to repent lies in our partaking of God’s nature and not relying on our own. That is why the ‘good works’ mentality of other religions fails. It is God working in us that provides the possibility of living a righteous life.
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4-5