“True Repentance”

Some today seem to have a misconception of what true repentance is and what it includes. Paul spoke of two types in 2 Corinthians 7:10. He spoke of worldly repentance and godly repentance. The difference between the two is simple. Worldly repentance is the idea that one is sorry that he/she got caught, but given the chance will continue doing the same action. Godly repentance is being sorry that what was done “hurt God” and choosing to no longer doing it.

When a person repents that person has determined in his/her mind to quit doing the things that hurt God. This does not mean that a person will not make mistakes, but it does mean that a person will not continue to make the same mistake over and over. When a person truly wants to stop doing something it can be done. In Hebrews 10:26, the writer states “For if we sin willfully… there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin,” notice the statement “willfully.” This means that a person knows right from wrong, but chooses to do wrong. If such is the case there is no longer a sacrifice for sin as spoken of in 1 John 1:5-10.

True repentance is a change of heart that results in a change of action. Which means that a person has determined to stop the sinful action and correct it with the right action. If a person repents and continues to do what he/she has always done, then there has been no fruits worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8).

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