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.
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."
There ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them through these forums.
I've always wondered about "confession" and whether it is just a way of feeling better and doing nothing about it.
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
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.
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.
confession without repentance is nothing more than sorrow
to repent requires commitment
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.
by nlwbless 11 years ago
So, repentance equals change?
by promisem 2 years ago
They were wrong. They should admit they were wrong. We will forgive them for their ignorance even though we warned them.
by heart4theword 10 years ago
Must the sinner wait till he has repented before he can come to Jesus?Is Repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and The Saviour?"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavyladen, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
by mr williams 5 years ago
Why can't Satan and his legion of demons repent?
by haj3396 11 years ago
Wasn't the earth perfect once?
by Abby Rourk 9 years ago
Should you apologize if a friendship is at risk, even when its 100% not your fault?When should you grin and bear it and say sorry to someone that you have a history with of many years of friendship, but that you were the one that was right and they were not, and they yelled that you were the reason...
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