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Repentance Without Change Is Not Repentance

  1. Precious Pearl profile image76
    Precious Pearlposted 8 years ago

    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?

    Just a thought ... tell me what you think.

    1. yolanda yvette profile image60
      yolanda yvetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think you are right on, and I need add nothing more to what you have said.

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      thetruthhurts2009posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Amen!

  2. william.m. profile image60
    william.m.posted 8 years ago

    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."

    1. Precious Pearl profile image76
      Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Amen!!

  3. mandybeau1 profile image61
    mandybeau1posted 8 years ago

    Gosh we are all so serious.

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      BadCoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not all smile

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    There ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them through these forums.

    1. Precious Pearl profile image76
      Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      True enough. smile

  5. JulietduPreez profile image66
    JulietduPreezposted 8 years ago

    Good point
    I've always wondered about "confession" and whether it is just a way of feeling better and doing nothing about it.

    1. Precious Pearl profile image76
      Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly my point.  Thanks!

  6. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
    Sanctus Vesaniaposted 8 years ago

    Several here have the idea that repentance means to completely turn away from something.  While this is somewhat true, here is the definition of repent as according to Strong's Concordance.

    1) to change one's mind, i.e. to repent

    2) to change one's mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one's past sins

    1. quietnessandtrust profile image60
      quietnessandtrustposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When one has really changed their mind, they do NOT act the same.
      Repentance needs evidence.

      That is why it says to "bring forth the good deeds of repentance".....
      show your works to back it up.

      1. Sanctus Vesania profile image61
        Sanctus Vesaniaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        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.)

        1. quietnessandtrust profile image60
          quietnessandtrustposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          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.

          1. Precious Pearl profile image76
            Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            This is one of my favorite examples in the Bible. smile

      2. pacwriter profile image57
        pacwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        confession without repentance is nothing more than sorrow

        to repent requires commitment

        1. Precious Pearl profile image76
          Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Exactly!!  Sorry I have been out of the net.

  7. Williamjordan profile image61
    Williamjordanposted 8 years ago

    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.

    1. Precious Pearl profile image76
      Precious Pearlposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      No, thank you ... I appreciate your comments.  Blessings to you and I praise Him for your deliverance.

 
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