What is repentance?

The Greek word 'repentance' translated into modern day English means "to change one’s way of life as the result of a complete change of thought and attitude with regard to sin and righteousness." After completing the sin study, one might find themselves wondering what the next step is. "I know what sin is and I think I want to do better!" The Bible can help you get there.

Luke 13:1-5

"Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, 'Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! but unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them-- do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.'"

Luke 3:7-14

"John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, 'You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.'"

Acts 26:19-21

"'So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven. First to those in Damascus, then to those in JErusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds. That is why some Jews seized me in the temple courts and tried to kill me.'"

2 Corinthians 7:10-11

"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter."

Matthew 5:29-30

"If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."

Acts 3:19

"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,"

Why is repentance important?

The Bible tells us to repent or we will perish! It is a change of heart and mind; a decision that one makes. Most often repentance is followed by actions; one's life must reflect this change- a radical 180 degree turn-around in one's behavior and lifestyle. Have you ever had a significant change in your behavior? A time when everyone said, "what's come over you? You're different?" When we read 2 Corinthians 7, are you eager to do the will of God, or do you have to be persuaded? In Matthew 5:29-30, He depicts a radical attitude towards sin. Many times people will say that "A little sin is okay, in moderation." God tells us that sin is wrong, and we should deal with it drastically. Do you have God's attitude towards sin? A radical aversion? Have you repented in accordance with what the Bible teaches? If you have any questions for us, we would love to help. Please feel free to contact us on our homepage, and continue on to the next study about baptism.