Active Repentance Is Examining Ourselves, Recognizing and Admitting Our Sins, Praying to the Lord, and Beginning a New Life

Many passages in the Word and many unambiguous statements by the Lord there make it clear that we absolutely have to repent and that our salvation depends on it. For now I will give just the following examples. “John preached a baptism of repentance and said, ‘Bear fruits worthy of repentance’” (Luke 3:3, 8; Mark 1:4). “Jesus began to preach and said, ‘You must repent’” (Matthew 4:17). “Jesus said, ‘Repent, because the kingdom of God has become closer’” (Mark 1:14, 15). “If you have not practiced repentance, you will all perish” (Luke 13:5). “Jesus preached to his disciples that in his name they should preach repentance and forgiveness of sins to all the nations” (Luke 24:47; Mark 6:12). Therefore “Peter preached repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38). Peter also said, “Repent and turn yourselves around, so that your sins may be wiped out” (Acts 3:19).

Paul “preached to all people everywhere that they should repent” (Acts 17:30). Paul “also proclaimed in Damascus, in Jerusalem, throughout the region of Judea, and to the nations, that they should repent, turn themselves to God, and do things that are in keeping with repentance” (Acts 26:20). Paul “also proclaimed to both Jews and Greeks repentance before God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

To the church of Ephesus the Lord said, “I have something against you, that you have left behind the goodwill you had at first. Repent. Otherwise if you do not repent, I will remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:4, 5). To the church in Pergamos he said, “I know your works. Repent” (Revelation 2:13, 16). To the church in Thyatira he said, “I will hand you over to affliction if you have not repented of your works” (Revelation 2:19, 22, 23). To the church in Laodicea he said, “I know your works. Be zealous and repent” (Revelation 3:15, 19). “There is joy in heaven over one sinner who repents” (Luke 15:7).

There are of course more passages as well. From these teachings it is clear that we absolutely have to repent. What repentance involves, however, and how we go about it will be shown in what follows.

from True Christianity, Section 528

2 thoughts on “Active Repentance Is Examining Ourselves, Recognizing and Admitting Our Sins, Praying to the Lord, and Beginning a New Life

  1. Germinr

    Absolutely we should repent. Paul even describes this kind of repentance in 1 Corinthians 15:31 it states, “I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.” In this instance he was talking about repentance and turning away from your worldly desires and lusts. My pastor was speaking a little bit about this today and he said that Paul was an “Excellent” Christian. I think it would be wise to follow the steps of an excellent Christian too! amen to this!


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