I have been visiting the threads lately and noticed that there has been a lot of "Let's apologize to ..." The heart of the people posting the thread I believe is sincere. They desire to see people showing respect for one another and our right to share what we believe no matter what it may be. I am greatly appreciative of that heart and I strongly agree that if we offend or hurt someone with our words, we should apologize if we really mean it.
Here in lies the problem,if in the apologizing it leads to more of the same type of insulting, belittling behavior then we may as well not bother to say anything. Repentance no matter what your faith may be without change means absolutely nothing. To repent or apologize to someone without doing something differently to show that you are sincere in that apology completely negates the apology. If I say I am sorry for offending a person or hurting them in some way and then continue repeating the same behavior either with them or someone else, am I truly repentant or just feeling remorse for the moment?
Very true . Repentance is not just apologising for sin , but a turning away from sin-"-with grief and hatred of his sin , and turn from it unto God , with full purpose of,- and endeavour after new obedience."
Want a good example? A person has a sinful desire, let's say that he tends to steal a lot. Now that man could stop stealing, but unless he changes his mind (from "Stealing is alright" to "stealing is wrong") then he hasn't repented.
That's the problem with so many Christians, they say that repent is to stop doing, when it's really change your mind.
Once a person has changed their mind, then they can easily turn from sin.
(But, it is not the person who changes his/her mind, but God who unlifts the veil.)
The evidence of a changed mind and true repenting is what you do. Like the scripture where Messiah told a story about 2 men and 1 said he would not do as he was told but went and did it, then the man who said he would do as he was told but did not........the real change came in the one who did something, the other was words that sounded good.
Thanks for your Christian boldness we must learn the turn part of repentance at least I need to,I used to believe once saved always saved untill God delievered me from my crack habit and how the more I cry out about the sin in my life God removes it and it dosent return I have to face new ones, it awesome when you are free from something and it dosen't continue to dog you. God really cleans us.