Having devoured Rosaria Butterfield's first book, The Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert, in one day, I immediately bought her new book the day it was released. The title Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ aptly describes the content of the book. Some of the greatest little gems of truth scattered throughout the pages have been her thoughts on repentance. The role of repentance in the life of a believer is rarely talked about in recent books on sanctification, which is an unfortunate shame. But Rosaria's books is full of beautifully written, theologically rich quotes the topic. Here are some:
"Repentance is bittersweet business. Repentance is not just a conversion exercise. It is the posture of the Christian" (27).
"Repentance is the threshold to God. When heat meets ice, the solid substance liquifies completely. Repentance liquifies the will of the flesh" (27),
"Repentance is our daily fruit, our hourly washing, our minute-by-minute wakeup call, our reminder of God’s creation, Jesus’ blood, and the Holy Spirit’s comfort" (27).
This was my favorite quote:
"Repentance is the only no-shame solution to a renewed Christian conscience because it proves the obvious: that God was right all along" (27).
"Repentance is a gift from God. And repentance is the daily posture of the Christian, not some one-time Sinner’s Prayer shibboleth. We must never repent of sin in surface ways, like weeding our gardens by snipping the tops off the dandelions" (32).
"When we confess sin, we own it. This means that sin does not come with a defense attorney who provides all of the excuses for why what God calls sin is really a grace in my life" (68).
"When we confess a sin, we are not asking that God or others see it from our point of view, from the vantage point of our intentions or our motives. Instead, we use God’s point of view. We submit to the righteous hand of God. We consent that the Bible is true and that the law of God condemns us. And this either drives us into mad depression or into the open arms of our Savior Jesus Christ…. Confession of sin is meant to drive us to Christ, for our good and for his glory" (70).
"Repentance is how grace flows to the humble heart (James 4:6). Repentance feels like God lifting the weight of conflict of your shoulders. It feels freeing to finally see what you did not see before, and liberating to release anger and shame and self-defensiveness" (90).
"Even when the consequences are dire,it feels glorious to experience that the Lord’s burden is much lighter than that of the world, and his yoke befitting to my nature and capacity. Repentance of sin is an honor that adorns royalty. It is the full expression of Christian liberty, and through the Lord’s forgiveness, repentance rings one singular note: peace” (90-91).