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WHAT IS TRUE REPENTANCE?

If my people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
We will not make an impact for God in this world, unless we change. This is foundational. We, as God’s people, need to take inventory of our lives and give our hearts to God on a daily basis.

An attitude of repentance calls us to open our eyes and recognize our sinful habits. We are called to notice attitudes and actions that grieve the Holy Spirit. We cannot merely think about change in our lives in hopes that our good intentions will be enough. We must make radical change in our lives in order to remain in God’s will.

God desires to work in our lives to bring about change in our lives, but He needs the submission of our will. We must be willing to yield to whatever change God desires to bring about. If we want to see God move in our lives and in the lives of others, there must be repentance that starts with us.

Repentance is being sorry for grieving God by the way you’ve been living. True repentance is literally “turning from” those ways, and “turning toward” the One who gave His life for you. It’s taking a new path that pleases God. Life change must begin by asking God to change us from within. Change rarely takes place unless we are willing for it to begin with ourselves. The enemy wants to convince us that everything in our lives is “fine” or “good enough.” He doesn’t want us to think there is any need to be overly concerned with our state of being because there are a lot of people in “much worse shape” than we are. This is how many of us rationalize that repentance is not important, and it’s how pride and self righteousness grow. An absence of repentance is a major reason Christians continue to live in bondage.

The best part of repentance and saying “I’m sorry” is that He is faithful to forgive.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (ESV)