PENITENCE / CONVERSION
Meaning of the word
In the Bible, repentance is synonymous with the words: penitence, conversion.
Repentance is not about become perfect, it is not about our achievement, not about our earning for a relationship with God, not about get to some place from which we can come to the Lord!
The repentance that God requires should not be understood as suffering for sins. The Lord Jesus suffered all suffering, He took all the guilt and sin upon Himself. A born again person does not have to add anything to it.
What should I repent of?
Repentance concerns the sins in your life that you are aware of, the suspicions about which your conscience tells you, those sins the Holy Spirit tells you, and those about which a specific example can be read in the Bible. Just because you don’t recognize something as a sin doesn’t mean it isn’t.
What is repentance?
Repentance means ceasing to commit willful sin, true willingness supported by deed, not an empty declaration.
Repentance is not only regret and confession.
Repentance is a conscious submission to God’s Will, God’s commandments.
Repentance is the readiness to leave everything for the Lord Jesus.
Repentance is true repentance and “crying” over your life so far.
What is conversion?
Simply put, it is turning away from the wrong behavior in life. Turning away from being the Lord of your life, renouncing yourself and the world. It is turning to God, following him, surrendering to His Will, etc.
DO I NEED TO REPENT TO BE SAVED
[1 Cor, 6:9-11 NKJV]
The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
[Matthew, 13:41-43 NKJV]
[2 Peter 2:20-21 NKJV]
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
[1 Peter 4:17-18 NKJV]
You cannot make up for lack of repentance with good deeds or religiousness! Hundreds of hours of prayer, attending church services, long prayers in tongues, service in the church, charity, prayers of others over you … It’s all for nothing, if you do not repent of sins you are aware of, those about which God wants you to repent of.
IS IT DIFFICULT TO REPENT?
Repentance and conversion can seem like a very hard, austere, self-denial process. In part it is so. Remember that God is good and merciful! God blesses in turning away from sins – he gives strength, freedom, lightness, favorable circumstances. What seemed difficult comes lightly. God takes you step by step.
Conversion usually comes with a “price”, at least in the beginning. You can lose relationships, experience persecution, lose your job, lose influence, just lose in this life.
[Mark 10:21-22 NKJV]
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
[Matthew 10:34-39 NKJV]
EXAMPLES OF LIVING IN SIN
YOU NEED TO END WITH IT!
Hatred towards another human being.
A job based on fraud.
Continuing in an extramarital sexual relationship.
Continuing to addiction: pornography, alcohol abuse, cigarettes, drugs and others.
Continuing to lie to the other person.
Worshiping other spiritual beings, people, angels apart from God. Praying (turning to) them for something.
Giving up the due responsibility towards another person – e.g. a child, a parent.
Occult practices, practicing Eastern religions and philosophies, etc.
PARTS OF REPENTANCE
1. Standing in truth with yourself and with God. Not making excuses.
2. Recognition of one’s faults towards God and people, one’s sinfulness.
3. Understanding separation from God because of sins committed and due punishment.
4. Confession of sins before God.
5. A firm resolve to live a holy life, to give up conscious sin.
* Atonement, repair of faults, apology (in accordance with the Holy Spirit, without imposing a law and burden contrary to His Will)
* It was also a practice among the first converts to confess guilt to other people.
[Acts 19:18 NKJV]
ABIDING IN REPENTANCE
Applying God’s standards to your life with all your might.
Forsaking sins in which you endure.
Examination of your heart.
A request to God to indicate sins to stop.
Listening to the Holy Spirit.
Prayer to God for cleansing what is bad, which cannot be dealt with, for a sharp conscience.
Accepting God’s advice and admonitions.
Request for prayer from brothers and sisters.
Being in Bible reading, prayer, fellowship with God and other believers.
EXAMPLES OF SINS ARISING FROM IMPERFECTION
One should pray for them and try to improve in them. However, you have to accept that they can appear and not self-accuse!
Sample Bible Scriptures Regarding Repentance:
Faith must be expressed in life, our actions, decisions and attitudes! Otherwise it is false or dead and will be of no use to us. Whoever lied must stop, who cheated must stop, whoever lied must stop, whoever cursed must stop, etc.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So the people asked him, saying, “What shall we do then?” He answered and said to them, “He who has two tunics, let him give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise.” Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.” Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, “And what shall we do?” So he said to them, “Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely, and be content with your wages.”
[Luke 3:8-14 NKJV]
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.
[Psalm 51:17 NKJV]
[Acts 2:38 NKJV]
[Matthew 4:17 NKJV]
[Acts 3:19 NKJV]
To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.
[Acts 3:26 NKJV]
There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
[Luke 13:1-5 NKJV]
and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
[Luke 24:47 NKJV]
I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.
[Acts 26:17-20 NKJV]
[Psalm 34:11-14 NKJV]
HOW TO REPENT IN PRACTICE?
There are no schematics, but you can start like this:
Kneel down and ask the Lord Jesus for forgiveness of sins committed against Him (towards another human being). Confess your sins, acknowledge your guilt, “pour out” your heart to Him. Then, confess Him to your Lord and Savior, give Him your life, ask Him for a New Life, a new carnal heart, and to break your heart of stone.
Ask Him to free you from addictions, regret, hatred, bitterness, idolatry, bad religiosity, lust and other matters with which you have a problem. Ask the Lord Jesus to break You out of this world, from living the principles of this world, from living in your own way. Finally, ask the Lord Jesus for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
STILL DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT?
1. Write to us and make an appointment with a disciple of the Lord Jesus who can lead you in prayer.
2. Come to a home group or church service (join community tab) and ask someone to lead you in prayer.
3. Ask for help from another believer you know and trust.
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
[Hebrew 6:1-2 NKJV]