Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 NKJV
Repentance is a sincere and wholehearted regret over something bad or wrong that a person has done, and causes a complete change in a person’s attitudes and behaviour.
Remorse is nothing but a deep feeling of guilt, it causes discomfort for a short period of time and is soon forgotten, it doesn’t cause the person to change their ways.
Characteristics of repentance
Acknowledging your sin – One of the hardest things for a person to do is to admit their mistakes and sins. Many try to justify or ignore their sins as a way of keeping their conscience clean but by doing this, they are rejecting God formula to cleansing them, accepting the devil’s formula to remain dirty & prone to do it again.
It’s the Holy Spirit that convicts the person of their sin (read John 16:8).
Confess the sin – After acknowledging sin, the person must immediately confess it, in its entirety to God, so He may cancel out the sin (read I John 1:9).
If a person acknowledges sin but doesn’t confess it, it will remain hidden; start growing; bears fruits in their character/life sooner or later and then attract other bigger sins.
Hate sin – If a person doesn’t learn to hate the sin, the sin will definitely come knocking again; seduce them and deceive them into obeying it. Sin tastes sweet at the beginning, turning bitter only when it has taken root & it’s consequences are so destructive that it would have been better to have never got involved with it.
God leads us to repentance (read Romans 2:14). It is a gift from God; those who reject it are rejecting God’s grace. Embrace repentance, never manipulate it. The danger of playing with repentance is that the person could possibly end up falling into sin so many times, that they reach a point of not being able to forgive themselves (read Hebrews 6:4-6).
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