Being and Doing

Being and Doing – 21 May – Genuine Repentance

Being and Doing – 21 May – Genuine Repentance

REPENTANCE is the relinquishment of any practice, from the conviction that it has offended God.   Sorrow, fear, and anxiety are properly not parts, but adjuncts of repentance;  yet they are too closely connected with it to be easily separated.


REPENTANCE is heart’s sorrow, 

And a clear life ensuing


REMEMBER two things:  First, that one may get into the habit of saying ‘I am sorry,’ and thinking that all is healed, presume on forgiveness, and go on expressing repentance and creating new matter for repentance.   This is not uncommon, and should be vigilantly guarded against.   Secondly, when even the shadow of repentance is expressed, come half-way to meet it.   Beware of throwing back into dead silence the small penitence of life, by keeping up what is called your own dignity-the most pitiable thing in the world.”



These quotes are from ‘Being and Doing’ A selection of helpful thoughts from various authors arranged for daily reading.

Collected by Constance M Whishaw and first published in 1908 for members of the Being and Doing Guild whose object is to do all they can for the relief of suffering and misery.

Most of the writers are 19th Century Christians from Britain and Europe who were committed to living their faith through deeds as well as words – Being AND Doing.

For many years these words have kept me company and encouraged me on the journey of faith.  I hope they will encourage others also.

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