The dictionary lists a number of words that are related to penitence, which is central to our Lenten experience. Contrition, compunction, remorse, regret—all of those words convey a sense of sorrow over having sinned or done wrong. But for penitence to be complete, there is evidence of change that God’s forgiveness has brought about. Hymnwriter Justus Gesenius, writing almost four hundred years ago, penned this verse reflecting penitence in action: “And let me do to others / As Thou hast done to me, / Love all men as my brothers, / And serve them willingly.” Remembering Jesus’ words is just a beginning!
Our weekend services during this Lenten season focus on Bible verses where God uses the word “remember”. Today we find the Word “remember” in Luke 22:61-62, “61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.”