J. D. Conley
April 28, 2013

A lot of people do not understand the meaning of repentance and those that think they do are often mistaken. What does repentance involve?

Acknowledgementof the enormity of sin. David confessed, "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight"(Ps.51:4). Sin is against God and it separates us from Him (Is.59:1,2).

Godly Sorrowand not sorrow for self, is involved in repentance. Paul said, "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner"(2Cor.7:9). We must recognize that God is the One to be pleased in our repentance.

Forsaking Sintakes place in repentance. "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon " (Is.55:7).

Change Of Directionalways occurs when one truly repents. They will not just admit their sin, but will turn away from it. Repentance is a change of heart (mind), which results in a change of behavior. It is a firm resolve to live better.

Have you brought forth "fruits meet for repentance"(Mt.3:8)?