“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9
Many understand the term repentance to mean “turning from sin.” This is not the biblical definition of repentance. It’s more than acknowledging wrongdoings. In the Bible, the word repent means “to change one’s mind.” Acts 26:20 says, “I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” That means true repentance requires a change of mind and heart. Then we gain a fresh view about God, about ourselves, and about the world.
Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin.-John 16:8 The Holy Spirit stirs our conscience and brings us into the presence of God, and we are bothered by sin because of our relationship with God. When you have asked God for forgiveness make the choice to be the opposite of who you were and what you were doing previously, by the grace of God. Repentance always brings us to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in your life is when you can say that and mean it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people who are called by my name HUMBLE themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant. Repentance should be as important a practice to your Christian life as prayer or reading the Bible.
Turning away from sin and turning to God for forgiveness requires a motivation by your love for God and the desire to obey His commandments.
Repentance is a must in your life as a believer. It’s a way of saying “I’m sorry,” to our merciful and gracious Father in heaven. Our God is absolutely amazing and the fact that He is willing to forgive us every single time we sin (with exception of the unpardonable sin) shows us how patient He is and just how much He absolutely loves us all!
"Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation…"-2 Corinthians 7:10