Repentance is a word that we hear on a daily basis. Often, we associate it with a simple apology that has been prompted by the grief we feel when we indulge in sinful acts.
We wonder what repentance truly is and what it looks like. In the Holy Bible, repentance was defined in various ways by a number of disciples.
According to Luke, asking God for forgiveness is all about changing our minds and purpose; turning around and returning to Him so that all of our sins may be forgiven. On the other hand, Matthew equates repenting to thinking differently, regretting our sins and changing our conduct.
But what does repentance truly mean?
Repenting is all about repurposing or lives for change. When we abhor our misdeeds and decide to embark on an upright path, so that we embrace the hearty recognition of amendment of sin, we become whole again. As God is a loving Father, He finds it hard to turn us away, no matter how many times we wrong him.
When we kneel down to ask for forgiveness, He gives us the chance to change our lives for the better. In general, looking to heaven for guidance makes us change our minds about sin and practice obedience to God.
There are many things that precede repentance. First, we must believe in God’s will. Learning and teaching God’s word is important because it teaches us the importance of repentance and forgiveness.
According to the Bible, those who repent escape the devil’s snare. There is a lot of evidence of this in God’s word. The only way to change is to realize that we are wrong. Acknowledging sin also lets us change our ways and be sorry for what we have done. For instance, a person may admit that she was wrong and even stop committing the sin. This is not enough to prove that she regrets what he did.
Often, we think that the things we do are justified under particular circumstances. This is not being repentant. In order to be forgiven, we need to know and admit that we are wrong and be truly sorry.
Repentance is God’s gift to man. This does not mean that we are forced to repent, on the contrary, we have the free will to do so. The Holy Spirit guides us in all that we do. This awareness enables us to differentiate right from wrong.
In this way, we are able to realize where we have fallen short and find ways to get back on the right path. God makes a point of bestowing repentance on us through chains of life events.
Getting reconciled to God is a big part of our existence. After all, He is the author and finisher of faith. We wonder, how can we repent when we have committed the same sin a hundred times before? This only happens when we can relate sorrow and suffering to repentance.
This type of sorrow shows that we are genuine about reform, we have an inward repulsiveness to sin and we are willing to surrender ourselves to the most High.
Real repentance isnt all about saying sorry because we got caught in sin. It is all about taking all the necessary steps that lead to real change.