How does one repent their sins?
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
The Bible tells us that true repentance requires heartfelt regret for what we've done, confession to God of our sins, and to ''turn around'' or stop your sinful act.
‘I shall make confession over my transgressions to Jehovah.’ And you yourself pardoned the error of my sins. . . . On this account every loyal one will pray to you at such a time only as you may be found.” (Ps. 32:3, 5, 6)
Proverbs 28:13 counsels: “He that is covering over his transgressions will not succeed, but he that is confessing and leaving them will be shown mercy.” Yes, our relationship with God is too precious to neglect seeking his pardon and mercy. We should be quick to do so through his Son as our “helper with the Father.”—1 John 2:1.
Acts 3:16 says “Repent, therefore, and turn around so as to get your sins blotted out, so that seasons of refreshing may come from Jehovah hi
Only by studying the Bible, though, can one come to know what behavior God approves of and how we can train ourselves to become obedient to him. This will help us live a happier life with a clean conscience. Check out jw.org for free online bible lessons or to request a free home bible study.
- 4 weeks ago
Acts 3:19 is a very helpful verse to read.
- Forrest ToneyLv 74 weeks ago
You decide to always obey all of Jesus' sayings .
- PubliusLv 74 weeks ago
All repentance requires at least the following: 1. Admitting that you've done something wrong. 2. Regretting it. 3. Giving it up forever. 4. Making what amends we can for it that won't cause further harm. This includes paying out debt to society. 5. Replacing it with good works. In the case of serious sins, it also requires the assistance and counseling of a religious leader.
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- Chi girlLv 74 weeks ago
You repent OF your sins by feeling regret for having committed them and be resolving not to commit them again.
- JoeLv 54 weeks ago
Acknowledge that God has defined the thought, word or deed of issue is a sin.
Confess that you were wrong to pursue it.
Cry out to God for forgiveness.
Forsake that sin (have nothing to do with it) and never look back on it again.
Cry out to God that the Holy Spirit will sanctify you to look on Him as holy and when temptation may come again to quickly look to Him to escape the temptation.
- DougLv 44 weeks ago
Contrary to popular belief, repentance does not mean to "turn from sins." It actually means a "change of mind." In the context of salvation, repentance is a change of mind from unbelief to belief in Jesus Christ as Savior. Nowhere does the Bible tell a lost person to "repent of sins" in order to be saved. The truth is that no one has ever turned from all their sins, and salvation is not by our good works or performance.
Because we have all sinned against a perfectly holy and righteous God, we all deserve eternal separation from God in hell (Rom. 6:23). However, God loves us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross as our Substitute so we don't have to go to hell. Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later (1 Cor. 15:3-4). He gives eternal life freely to anyone who simply believes in Him for it. No one can be saved by doing good works. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Eph. 2:8-9).
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47).
- 4 weeks ago
"Sin" and "repent" are religious words. Normal people never use them.
- Annsan_In_HimLv 74 weeks ago
Repentance that leads to God's forgiveness cannot happen unless and until the Holy Spirit begins to convict (convince) a person of their sin, of how unholy they are before the Holy God. Read John 16:7-15. Biblical repentance is not merely to change one’s opinion, or to do what pagans did upon seeing Paul survive a snake bite. Acts 28:2 says they “changed their mind” about Paul being a murderer, and acclaimed him as a god. The Greek word for that change of mind is ‘metaballo’ but biblical repentance requires ‘metanoia’ – the mind itself has to be changed. It’s not just some of the contents of the mind being changed. Repentance is to have a different mind. It has to become a new mind that works in a different way.
Biblical repentance can only happen once the sinful (and spiritually dead) human has had their mind, heart and will prepared for transformation. That is a work of the Holy Spirit, who is the One who then brings a previously dead mind, heart and will to spiritual life. This transformation results in a new mind, a new heart, a new will. The explanation of this miracle is in Hebrews 8:6-13, too much to detail here.
One crucial point is that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” – 1 Corinthians 2:14. Also, Hebrews 6:1 speaks of “repentance from dead works”. We cannot ‘work up’ this new mind, this entirely new way of thinking. Only the Spirit of God can transform our mind, to conform it to the mind of Christ. That is what repentance is all about. It’s not what we do, it’s what the Spirit of Christ does to those who have been prepared for this miracle of grace by heeding the message that will cause them to agree with God. And God has publicly declared, at Golgotha, His righteousness in judging all sin by punishing His sinless Son. A repentant person acclaims the righteousness of God, agreeing with God, because God has now given them a new mind on the matter, and thereafter they see everything differently – spiritually. And this is to the glory of God.
- 4 weeks ago
Repent means a change of heart leading to a change in behavior.
So let's say you had a problem with cussing (Col 3:8). You would first set a goal in your mind to never cuss again, and then you would do your best to stop. When you messed up, you ask for God's forgiveness, and continue to try not to cuss. You could even employ friends, asking them to admonish you if they catch you cussing. It may take a while, but eventually you would put that sin behind you.
Or let's say you're shacking up with your boyfriend. You could marry him (1Cor 7:9-10). If you chose to continue to fornicate with him, that would NOT be repenting, but rather willfully sinning, which is a bad thing with horrific consequences (Heb 10:26-27).