It means to turn away from. It means you were going one way and you turn to go in a different way. It is a 180 degrees turn. Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Mathew 3:2.
Jesus commanded man to repent Acts 17:30. He was saying we should turn away from our ways and turn to God. Luke says in the 13th chapter “I tell you, no; but unless you repent [change your old way of thinking, turn from your sinful ways and live changed lives], you will all likewise perish”
It is important that repentance means complete change of heart and absolute turning away from the worldly kind of living. When people make wrong decisions and think they can just say a quick prayer of forgiveness and still go back to doing it again, it is not repentance. Unless there is a change in attitude and way of leaving there is no repentance. When we repent, we grieve over what we have done and we put it on Christ and we take his godly way of living and live differently afterwards. It is also evident when we see Jesus in scripture after forgiving people who came to him after committing a sin, he said to each of them “I forgive you but go and sin no more.
Results of repentance include:
• Change in behaviour. We see in the Old Testament that people who repented would tear down idolatry statues, burn cultic instruments and even return stolen goods. In the New Testament now, we see baptism of water. All this is evidence that true repentance is followed by a change in behaviour.
• Freedom from condemnation and
• Joy that comes from a pure conscience before God. Acts 3:19 So repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins] and return [to God—seek His purpose for your life], so that your sins may be wiped away [blotted out, completely erased], so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord [restoring you like a cool wind on a hot day] repentance brings complete confidence in who God is and that he has forgiven me. There is no condemnation remaining within me concerning my mistake.
NB.Firstly take a moment and repent from any and all sins that you know you have committed. Repentance requires transparency with God and sincerity of heart. God honours our prayers made in purity and truth.
Lord I desire to reconnect with you. I regret the things I have done (mention them) and how my own sin has created a rift between us. I have allowed the enemy to remove me from your presence and abiding love through the deception of sin and I have walked away from your voice to listen to the whispers of the enemy. Forgive the temptations that I allowed in my life; I acknowledge my desperate need for you. I realize that I need you more and more, and that I am nothing without you. I return to your throne of grace and mercy; with my heart and lips I ask that you may forgive me. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Restore my fellowship with you and teach me to walk in your ways again. Your word says that if I confess my sin you will forgive me and make me clean again, and your word says that even though my sins are as scarlet, you will make me as white as snow. I appropriate your word over my life and I speak the blood of your son Jesus over me. Thank you for forgiving my sins, thank you because my sin doesn’t disqualify me from you. Thank you for your mercy and for the power to live for you.
Father I thank you for forgiving all my sins, thank you for purifying me and that through the blood of Jesus I receive forgiveness of sin and the power of repentance.
I put aside all doubt, self loathing and guilt and I receive your forgiveness of sin
I declare that there is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. I put away all condemnation against me by others and myself. I declare that Christ Jesus makes me righteous.