Page updated 18 Feb 2016
Join the Army of the Lord What does the word "repent" mean?
Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a
perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright:
no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but
my people know not the judgment of the LORD. Jeremiah 8:4-7
(verse 3) And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.
(verse 4) Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?
(verse 5) Why [then] is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
(verse 6) I hearkened and heard, [but] they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
(verse 7) Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. Jeremiah 8 verses 3-7 Ezekiel 14:6,
Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn [yourselves] from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. Ezekiel 14 verse 6 Ezekiel 18:30,
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn [yourselves] from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18 verse 30 Matthew 3:2,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3 verse 2 Matthew 4:17,
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4 verse 17 Mark 1:15,
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark 1 verse 15 Luke 13:3-5,
(verse 3) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
(verse 4) Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
(verse 5) I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13 verses 3-5 Luke 17:3-4,
(verse 3) Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
(verse 4) And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. Luke 17 verse 3 Luke 24:46-47,
(verse 46) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
(verse 47) And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24 verses 46-47 John 16:7-8,
(verse 7) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
(verse 8) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. John 16 verses 7-8 Acts 2:38,
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2 verse 38 Acts 3:19,
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3 verse 19 Acts 8:22,
Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. Acts 8 verse 22 Acts 17:30,
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent. Acts 17 verse 30 Acts 26:19-20,
(verse 19) Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:
(verse 20) But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and [then] to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. Acts 26 verses 19-20 Romans 2:4,
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Romans 2 verse 4 2 Corinthians 7:8,
For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though [it were] but for a season. 2 Corinthians 7 verse 8 Revelation 2:5, 22,
(verse 5) Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
(verse 22) Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. Revelation 2 verses 5, 22 Revelation 3:3, 19 (verse 3) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
(verse 19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3 verses 3, 19
Christians Who Don't Repent
pages to read
Biblical repentance means forsaking sin, not simply confessing it. To forsake is to leave behind, to abandon. We repent not just with our hearts but with our actions. - - Repentance: Complete or Incomplete?
Source: unknown (I have somehow misplaced the source of this article. Sorry!)
The story of the Prodigal Son answers that question:
This young man was very humble and sorry. He was now feeding the hogs. He was eating with pigs. And that was as far removed as possible from what he believed—to eat with pigs and hogs.
To repent means that you have changed. You turn around, and you go in the other direction. And you say to God, "Lord, I am sorry. I want Your forgiveness. If You will help me, I will change the way I live."
And that’s exactly what he had in mind doing. And that is exactly what you can do right now. Turn around and go in a completely new direction. Turn to God.
"There is a certain amount of sorrow involved in repentance that we don't see much of today. That word means moaning and even groaning. I don't mean that we have to have a great emotional experience, but I do believe that we need some tears of repentance. We need to be sorry for our sins and say, 'O, God, I have sinned against You, and I'm sorry.' I am not an emotional person. I don't know why, but I don't cry easily. But of the few times I have cried in my life, some of them have been over sin that I committed many years ago. The night I came to Christ, I didn't have any tears. But later I went home, I looked out my window at the North Carolina sky and I cried over my sins. I said, 'O, God, forgive me.' And the most wonderful peace swept over my soul. From that moment on, I've known that my sins were forgiven."
"Repentance opens the avenue for the next step in the experience of God's healing grace. I call this restorative grace. Restoration is God's gift of forgiveness. When we come to Him in repentance, the grace of His forgiveness restores us to fellowship with Him. David's repentant yearning for a clean heart and a renewed spirit was answered in
Psalm 32:1-5. Peter discovered that Jesus was waiting to give him a second chance. The Church of Jesus Christ is built on people who, through repentance and God's forgiveness, are renewed in their faith and restored to active service. Restorative grace does not depend on our merit or our worthiness. God forgives us so that we can do good works in response to His restorative grace. This is the Good News: Jesus Christ lived His life as a demonstration of grace. His unconditional love has forever made available to us His grace and His forgiveness. In His sacrificial death on the cross, He secured forgiveness for our sin without any regard for our worthiness. The cross of Christ means that when God saw us at our worst, He loved us the most." (verse 1) [[[A Psalm] of David, Maschil.]] Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [whose] sin [is] covered.
(verse 2) Blessed [is] the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit [there is] no guile.
(verse 3) When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
(verse 4) For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
(verse 5) I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Psalm 32 verses 1-5 Prayer
Lord, we do not deserve Your mercy, but we thank You for convicting us of the sin in our lives so that we may receive Your grace through repentance. Give us hearts like David and Peter, so that we will confess our sin to You and see our spirits renewed and our fellowship with You restored. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.