Repentance means that you are sorry for having done whatever you did.
Repentance includes a sincere apology to the person you did whatever against.
Repentance includes payback for what ever making restitution which might include going to jail or performing some service to repay.
Repentance means a willingness to reform to change so that you do not repeat the same mistake again.
Repentance as it is referred to in the Bible only refers to asking God for forgiveness,it is strictly a spiritual act involving us and God.
Repentance is one of the most important teachings in the Christian faith because without it God will not forgive our sins as this verse indicates:
Acts 3:19 (New King James Version)
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
This issue is both significant and extremely urgent because many in the "once saved always saved" camp are now telling their followers that they never need to repent for their sins.For that reason it is necessary for Christians to decide who they want to believe,a minister or Jesus.
Luke 13:3 (New King James Version)
I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
The bad news is that failure to change behavior after repentance is common but the good news is that God is forgiving,at least up to the point where He begins to regard repeated sin and repentance as hypocrisy.
Repentance is not necessarily change.. it is understanding sin (which is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing the wrong) and literally "turning away" from it.
Think of it like a soldier doing an "about face". That soldier is purposefully, and literally changing directions.
That is repentance.
Yes. How can you say you've truly repented without making any changes? Sometimes we think that change is bad, because it means admitting that we need to. We hate to admit that sin really exists, but that's just a fact. There really is sin and evil in this world and people are not basically good. We like to think we are, but without help from Jesus, there is no hope at all for us. The Bible tell us we should repent and that's written to Christians after they've been 'saved' according to the Apostles writing in the book of Acts. The cool thing is, the more we change as we repent, the more we become more like Jesus. Isn't that the goal?
Repentance is translated from the original Teshuvah which is to turn back such as 180 degree change in course. But the word is actually related to archery and having missed the bullseye which is more akin to sailing and always making a course correction or tacking. Hinting at the idea that everyone is trying their best but needs to make adjustments.
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