DEFINITION: What is "Repentance"?
Repentance involves a change in the way one thinks and acts. It is not mere remorse or being "sorry" about something. It begins with a change in one's perspective of reality - one's views about God, Jesus and self. It results in a change in one's views about right and wrong, and because of that, a change in lifestyle and conduct.
Repentance influences all of one's life, either directly or indirectly. As a result, there will be changes in one's actions, as well as changes in the motives and attitudes behind those actions.
Repentance begins as the first step toward salvation. (It is inseparably linked with belief in the truth that is revealed in the Bible.) It continues throughout life, as the ongoing attitude of the follower of Jesus. (A genuine disciple - follower - of Jesus will be characterized by a desire to turn away from sin and toward righteousness.)
There is no such thing as genuine faith without repentance. If the truth is truly believed, it will result in changes in one's life.
This includes: 1) An outline that contains all the New Testament verses that use the word "repentance"; 2) Repentance vs. remorse; 3) Repentance vs. sorrow; and 4) A few comments about repentance in the Old Testament. (This is a GROUP of 4 articles.)
A look at the relationship between "repentance" and other terms that are used to describe various aspects of salvation.
We cannot have genuine freedom without repentance. Any other definition of "freedom" is but slavery in disguise.
When we understand that sin is more than simply doing "bad things," it will influence our concept of repentance.
The Bible says...
God ... commands all people everywhere to repent. (Acts 17:30b)
Why hasn't Jesus returned to judge the world, yet?
The Lord ... is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
* Don't throw away your opportunity to repent! *