In parts one and two of this article, we have considered three emotions which do not equate to repentance (guilt, fear and sorrow), a Biblical definition of repentance (a changing, a turning, a returning and a conversion of mind and life away from sin and directed toward God), and three evidences of repentance that should be seen in a penitent person’s life (Godly sorrow, a reformation of life and restitution). Change is very difficult for many. It speaks to our ego and tells
In part one of this article, we addressed three emotions that do not equate to repentance. These emotions are guilt, fear and sorrow. Though these attributes play their role in our lives, they alone are not repentance. We also defined repentance as a changing, a turning, a returning and a conversion of mind and life away from sin and directed toward God. Another question that is often raised in connection with repentance is, how do we know if someone has truly repented? Since
The word “repentance” is not commonly used in our everyday vocabulary. You don’t hear anyone telling their neighbor that they’ve repented from playing loud music into the night. You don’t hear politicians say they’ve repented from making a particular statement, or taking an unpopular position. Repentance is a “church word”, and so many in the world today are unfamiliar with its true meaning.
What is repentance? What role does this word and its implications bear on our lives