Repentance before God is a very powerful spiritual move.
To repent means to turn away from a former attitude that does not align with the will of God.
The inward act of repentance is a contrite or broken spirit, and the outward act is confession through prayer. Genuine repentance should come from a heart that is truly sorry, not just a pretentious utterance. We cannot pretend before God because He sees our hearts.
Making strides to improve ones character shows in part the eagerness to please God.
God is ready to forgive anytime.
The Almighty God through His son Jesus is ready to accept you, just the way you are.
There is no shame in repentance, because it is between you and God who sees in the secret.
If you apologize to a human for the wrong you did to them, there is no guarantee that they would accept the apology. God is different.
God is merciful to the point that He is ready to wipe your slate clean, regardless of how many sins you have commited before. The result of repentance is a renewed hope for life with God.
God is a Spirit and the signature of His character is love. That is why He is always willing to forgive.
Acts 3:19 reads, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (NIV)
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God loves you despite your limitations?
If you repent, He is always ready to welcome you.
Wow! God is basically saying ‘I want to be your friend’.
That is powerful!
1. Acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and personal saviour.
Do this regardless of whether this is the first time you are coming to Christ or not.
2. God wants us to settle feuds and forgive those who ask for it.
Even if the other person did not ask for forgiveness, you can still forgive them in your heart.
The most important aspect of forgiveness is the heart of love shown towards the other party.
It is not about condoning bad behaviour.
Forgiveness means you no longer harbour the seed of anger in your heart.
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26-27, NIV)
Harbouring anger perpetually is sin before God. You can see why God wants us to first deal with anger before asking Him to forgive you.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15, NIV)
3. Mention the sins you have commited and ask God to forgive you through Jesus who died for your sins.
4. Ask that God should cleanse you of your sins through the blood of Jesus.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to come in to your life.
1. Read the bible regularly.
The main purpose of reading the bible is to understand the will of God.
Biblical principles can help you stay on the straight and narrow path.
It doesn’t please God to repent today only to return to the bad ways the next day.
2. Pray daily or as often as you can. Regular prayer keeps the communication link between you and God steady. Don’t lose focus, because temptation is always around the corner.
The bible book of Romans 3:23 reads. “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (NIV)
We are all sinners, even if we can see apparent wrongdoing in our personal lives. So it is advisable that when you pray, acknowledge that you are a sinner.
No one is without blemish here on earth.
Jesus gave an example of a model prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 which says,
“This, then, is how you should pray:”
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’ (NIV)
Did you notice in the above prayer that there was a reference to God, yourself and other people? Remember others in your prayers. Remember your family, your neighbours, your friends and your nation even as you remember God.
3. The spirit of love, care and attention can restrains us from most sinful acts.
For example, you wouldn’t lie against or betray your friend if you truly love them.
God is the God of love, so He wants us to be clothed with love.
4. When you have repented, it is important to keep the faith and be careful in your ways.
So many people have fallen by the way side or backslided because of external pressures of life.
Don’t believe anyone who tells you that all your physical problems will disappear as soon as you repent or give your life to Christ.
Life has it’s ups and downs. We live in a physical world, and physical things will happen to both bad and good people. It takes a Godly spirit to appreciate God in a difficult situation. What matters most in the kingdom of God is salvation of your soul. Then with some of your physical efforts and God’s power the works of your hands are blessed.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” ( Matthew 6:33, NIV)
Our daily struggles are different, but the Holy Spirit is there to help direct our footsteps.
Finally, we must see our walk with God as a partnership that has no end.
We are always going to be faced with challenges in life but when we strive to know God everyday then we are better place to resist and deal with these problems.
God bless you.