Repentance and forgiveness of sins are gifts of God. They are in a Person, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. To receive the gifts of repentance and forgiveness of sins, you must receive the Person in Whom are the gifts. Receive Jesus into your heart and life, as a conscious act.
- Godly Grief for Sin
“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Cor 7:10).
As you think of your sin, you feel guilty and ashamed. You feel sorrow and grief for your sin. It is this godly grief alone which produces repentance.
- Confess Your Sin To God
“God, be merciful to me a sinner!” (Luke 18:13).
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
If you will confess your sins to God, He will forgive and cleanse you -right now! What wonderful love and mercy this is.
- Forsake Sin
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but he who ever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Prov 28:13).
After you have confessed your sins and transgressions to God, forsake them – give them up, turn away from them, and never come back to them.
- Make Restitution
After we have confessed our sin, experienced God’s forgiveness, received Christ as Savior and Lord, and forsaken our sin, there is one thing left to be done; To make restitution – to restore money or goods that are not ours to their rightful owners; to write and apologize to people we have hurt because of our sin. Read the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) and see how he made restitution after meeting the Lord Jesus.
Friend, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). Accept Jesus into your heart as your Savior, and trust Him to blot out your sins by the power of His blood. The Holy Spirit will do a miracle in your heart – and you will be born anew. Only then will you have “faith with a pure conscience “(1 Tim 3:9).
THE FRUIT OF REPENTANCE
The Bible commands us to “Therefore bear fruits worthy of [consistent with] repentance” (Matt 3:8).
“A tree is known by its fruit” (Matt 7:15-20; 12:33-37). The fruit of a tree will only be according to the root of the tree, which is not seen, being hidden under the earth. So is true repentance. Fruit that is consistent with repentance is continual outward evidence that demonstrates your change of heart. Because our hearts and minds and wills have been changed, so our words and way of living change. Bad habits stop. The beautiful fruit of the Holy Spirit, Who has given us new birth, show forth – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22,23). The whole character is changed, and the life starts to become Christ-like. For “Christ-like” is the real meaning of the word “Christian.”