The habitual practice of judgment is an enemy of repentance. As soon as I cast myself in the role of judge, I have excused myself of the need to repent, because after all, it’s all about me.
Jesus introduced the gospel of the kingdom of God with the call to repent. He also closed his preaching with the message of repentance.
Even after months of reading and study I knew nothing of how to repent as a regular part of life with God. I was surprised by what I learned.
Tucked away in Matthew’s gospel (and only Matthew’s gospel, 21:28-32) is the short parable of two sons, and cheap words, and costly repentance.
The habitual practice of judgment is an enemy of repentance, and every church planter needs to know how to repent–and do so regularly.