Book: Beliefs and Doctrines of the New Testament Church

Repentance is complete remorse and sorrow for one’s sins, which are the transgressions of the laws and commandments of God. Repentance is the first step in the sinner’s reconciliation with God the Father and Jesus Christ. True repentance begins when God the Father opens a person’s mind to understand that he or she is a sinner against God the Father, and that his or her own sins had a part in killing Jesus Christ. The graciousness of God the Father leads each sinner to repentance. Repentance moves each one to confess his or her sins to God the Father and to ask forgiveness, remission and pardon for those sins through the blood of Jesus Christ. True, deep, godly repentance will produce a profound change in a person’s mind and attitude, called conversion, which will result in a continuous desire to live by every word of God. The truly repentant person will turn from evil thoughts and ungodly practices and will seek to conform his or her life to the will of God as revealed in the Holy Bible and as led by the Holy Spirit. Repentance and confession of sins is an ongoing process in a Christian’s spiritual growth toward the perfection of Jesus Christ.

Scriptural References

Rom. 2:40 Acts 2:37-38 Luke 24:47
II Cor. 5:17 Rom. 8:5-9 II Cor. 7:9-11
Acts 3:19 Jer. 17:5-9 Mark 1:15
Luke 13:3, 5 II Tim. 2:25 Psa. 51
Acts 11:18 I John 1:6-2:2 John 6:44-45