Repentance is a feeling of pain or regret for what has been done or is omitted to do. It is not merely acknowledging wrongdoings but also starting fresh with a broader view and turning away from sin to good deeds. With repentance comes a change of heart that leads to a change in behavior. Basically, it helps a person to become a better human being. But why is the feeling of repentance developed in the first place?
In this journey of life, humans are bound by their sentiments. How an individual reacts to a particular situation, is solely a reaction to an action that is ultimately driven by his emotions. As every emotion either brings out the best or worst, it somehow steers the decision making power. But what we, humans simply fail to perceive is that every act performed today is the basis for establishing tomorrow. In simple terms, it is us who choose to do or not to do something and whatever we opt for will eventually create our future. And in this course of action, whatever is felt beneficial or suits us at the given moment, is theoretically correct to us. But is every decision ethical?
Well, who defines what is ethical or unethical? And is there a person alive who has never wronged another person? Whether intentionally or unintentionally, because of one’s action, he may hurt others which he may realize someday or he won’t. Sometimes, repentance comes naturally, whereas, delinquents only realize it when they themselves are wronged. It may also happen that one does not surrender and neglect his wrongdoings, while one repents only because he fears the consequences. A man driven by his pride and wrath will never repent as he is blindfolded by his arrogance.
I personally believe that every person undergoes a sense of remorse at least once in his lifetime but how one expresses it is entirely different. One can never run away from his deeds, the spirit of our foolish deeds haunts us, with or without repentance. And it is not necessary that one has to be punished in order to repent. It is not about suffering, but about accepting and looking forward to what makes one stronger and complete. We should never ignore the power of forgiveness and gratitude, these are the things that urge us to do kind deeds. Repent because it is the right thing to do!
“Of all acts of man, repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.” – Thomas Carlyle
-God Bless You
Mr. Roni Abraham