What is repentance? The great fathers of the church wrote a lot about how important it is for every person to confess his sins and how the Christian prayer of repentance facilitates the soul.
Repentance is the most important thing for every Christian
Anthony of Sourozh, the Monk Abba Dorotheus, Isaac the Syrian and other holy ascetics in the sermons did not tire of inviting believers to humility and repentance in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. You can say: "I did not kill anybody, I did not steal - I have nothing to repent of. Others much more than I have sinned, but do not repent. "
The Lord left us the commandment "love one another." What is Christian love? Many "churched" people say that love is doing good to each other. But what is good? Is it always what we do, meaning how good is good in the Christian and human sense? Alas, sometimes what we presumptuously call good, is the beginning of a great disaster or the reason for the villainy. This is clearly seen on the example of parenting.
The deceitfulness of the worldly understanding of good deeds and the distorted idea of love
It happens that parents, loving their child, protect him from difficulties, not accustoming to work. It is quite obvious that in this way they prepare a nutrient medium for the development of vices and create prerequisites for the sad future of their child. Is it possible to call such a relationship a child love? A loving parent will find time and opportunity to teach the child to read books. If you read aloud in turn, one paragraph, then the child will be happy to join this lesson. Just do not rush it and interrupt it. It is also delicate to introduce a baby into the world of cooking, handicrafts, crafts, etc.
There is another extreme. These are the cases when parents scold for the slightest oversights of even very young children. As a rule, behind the harsh and demanding attitude towards the child is hiding annoyance and annoyance at the fact that there is no possibility to live only for oneself. In the worst case, a severe attitude towards the baby is the projection of his attitude towards all people. In this situation, love has also long been transformed into other feelings. On the example of the same reading, it's easy to see whether the child's parent is in love or not.
The loss of love is a misfortune in which man himself is guilty.
The loss of the ability to love is a great sin, requiring repentance
How does the prayer of repentance relate to the examples described above? The most direct. We all want to have good relations with our children, we want them to love us, so that we can trust them, and they trust us, we want that from the very birth of our children and until our death we had warm relations, mutual understanding , trust, respect, care and friendship. All these definitions can be combined and called one common word - love. Yes, yes, we all want love, for so is established by the commandment given by God. The Lord has given us the will. He placed man above all creatures on earth, for he allowed decisions and made choices.
Not being able to dispose of the multitude of possibilities we, believing that the love given to us two thousand years ago, a priori, to violate her. Making a choice, we are torn between friends, spouse, children, parents. Not meeting the expected reaction, we are offended, disappointed, angry and depressed. We forget that friends, parents, children and spouses are in the same position as ourselves. They are not gods, and the same restless souls like you and me. Our prayer of repentance is the cry of the soul who have lost touch with God. Focusing on the mundane, we emptied our souls. "If I speak with the tongues of men and angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass or a sounding cymbal". These words are known to many. They are taken from the first Apostolic letter of Paul to the Corinthians. To know we know, but not feel. Further in this same letter, we explain what love is like it is.
"Love is long-suffering, merciful, love does not envy, love does not boast, it is not proud. Do not be rude, do not seek your own, do not get irritated, do not think evil.
He does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. Everything covers, believes everything, believes everything, tolerates everything. "
So the Lord loves us. And do we love anyone at least a little as much as God loves us? Hardly. Such love is peculiar to a person while he is a child. Over the years, we lose the ability to love so much.
How should I repent?
Prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ asking to forgive all sins – intentional and unintentional. That prayer had the power, you should examine their life analytically unthink about what the face of God we did not. Saying "I repent that snapped at Ivan Ivanovich", think and remember what made you not this behavior. Try to spin a ball, doskias to the root cause. Do focus on your personal involvement. Mentally communicating with God, do not shift the blame on other people. Because in your heart you know that blame themselves. Mutual love with all people is possible only after acceptance in your heart of love for God.
Why, after reading the penitential prayer, do some see no change in their lives?
A wise, full of divine love and mercy, the people argue so: "the Prayer of repentance and forgiveness are one and the same and the same. Ispovedoval and confessing their sins before God, we receive His forgiveness". Perhaps this is the case. But why in this case, troubles are all the same do not depart for good? Perhaps because the repentance must be active, i.e. must be evidenced by some acts, besides prayer?
Russian monarchs always bowed their heads before the Lord
Even Russian tsars, the anointed of God, from time to time retired to monasteries, where under the guidance of a confessor, they were given the sacrament of confession and repentance. The prayer of repentance has great power. Completed with complete destruction of the heart, it transforms a person's personality, changes his mentality. Confession of sins is a difficult matter. Repenting, revealing their sin is shameful and scary. Pride does not allow you to admit weaknesses, but everyone has pride. Without prayer work on the person, it grows like a cancerous tumor and strikes the mind with metastases. It is these hopelessly spiritually sick people who say with a skeptical tone: "Prayer, sins, repentance - this is only idle or stupid".
Sinned - repented. It's so easy
There is an atheist and another stereotype concerning believers. "Everything is simple with you: sinned - repented. We can assume that there was nothing. " They believe that the prayer of repentance and forgiveness spoken out loud or to themselves acts like the "Sesame, reveal!" Spell in the fairy tale about Ali Baba and the forty robbers. This can be heard even from fully educated people.
How does repentance, brought to God, appear in real life?
Repentance overturns a person's consciousness so much that he no longer repeats the sin in which he repents. This is not because he is ashamed or afraid of a priest who scolds him at the next confession and calls him a weakling who has not managed to cope with himself. Not at all. The prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ really has sacred properties. This is confirmed by the following experiment. To carry out the experiment, two vessels with clean water were taken. On one was read a prayer to Jesus Christ, the Theotokos or the saint, and over the other the names of famous villains were pronounced. The ice crystals in the first case turned out to be very beautiful, symmetrical, and in the second they acquired the appearance of piles of ugly broken pieces.
Short prayer of great strength
A simple and short prayer of repentance, consisting of four words: "Lord, forgive me, a sinner," has tremendous power. The Lord hears her. He reads in the heart of a person how sincere his conversion is, and decides what kind of transformation of his personality and destiny a person can take.
Very often a small sin becomes a big lesson. Man, having sinned in a small and having suffered in this occasion from remorse, appeals to God for forgiveness. Such a prayer of repentance to the Lord takes great trouble, just as unrepentant sin always leads to even greater. This usually happens to children.
Adults prayer of repentance to Jesus Christ often pronounced formally, without a strong contrition of the heart. For this reason, they are not able to feel the full force of her actions, even though formal prayer is always audible Lord and receives a response. In addition, many adults have little trust in the Providence of the Creator and stubbornly dictate to Him his vision of a happy life.
Is there a better prayer for a specific problem?
We ask friends, who knows the most effective prayer for all occasions? What is the Akathist image to get an "excellent" score on the exam? Which of the saints will help solve housing problems? Who will attract buyers to the unprofitable store? What holy will heal from the disease? The best prayer is repentance in pride. An adult, without noticing it, is rarely able to critically and objectively evaluate his life. He sees many things in a distorted way. What causes his joy and pride, sometimes is not expensive in the eyes of the Creator, and what he did is almost mechanically, without giving much importance, becomes that "crust of bread of the publican", which saved his soul from eternal suffering.
How to prepare for confession and repentance?
Prayer before repentance is important. Before confession, read the "our father", "hail Mary", "King of heaven", the "Symbol of Faith". Say these prayers in order to tune in to a conversation with God, to turn away from everyday worries and think about what thought, what care you want to convey to the Father in Heaven.
If it is difficult and terrible to get down to God, ask for strength and determination from the Blessed Virgin. The prayer of repentance of the Mother of God is no less effective than the prayer addressed to Jesus Christ.
Learn to seek and find the Image of the Creator in His creations, and then your soul will become happy and calm, and peace, love and grace will reign in your home.