When you feel like God is not near, does asking for forgiveness seem hard to do? Do you find yourself acting in a way that you don’t want to act? If so, you’re like most people. Repentance is “godly sorrow for sin.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10 for godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation…) But repentance is more than just telling God just how you feel. Feeling sorrow for sin alone is just one step of repentance. Notice the word “Re-pentance.” The prefix ‘Re’ means ‘back’ ‘again’ ‘anew.’ After repentance comes a new beginning, a point of a fresh start in your relationship with God. So when you re-pent, you feel so much regret over your actions that you want to change.
True repentance will create change in your attitude and actions toward God. Repentance signals to God a readiness to change your way of living and the desire for pardon. Repentance is a continual action in the life of all Christians; to keep our lives on the right track, and our relationship fresh with God. We all need to continually repent when we act against God because it brings pardon and forgiveness. When we repent, there is rejoicing and gladness in heaven! (Luke 15:7-10)
What Does GOD Say? “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV)