Repentance

Repentance means turning back towards God. It involves decisions and actions that lead to a change of direction–from going my own way to going God’s way. But sometimes there are obstacles that get in the way of repentance.

False Repentance

Read about Judas in:

What happened?

How did Judas feel after betraying Jesus?

How do we know Judas’ remorse or sorrow was worldly? What did Judas remorse cause him to do?

What does worldly sorrow bring?

What does Godly sorrow bring?

How is repentance different to just feeling sad?

Conviction is God’s way of making us aware of our sin so that we can turn away from it. Condemnation is the enemy’s way of pointing out our sin and making us feel like it’s impossible to turn away from it. What does the Bible say about condemnation?

True Repentance

Read about Zacchaeus in

What did Zacchaeus do to show he had repented?

What can we do to show that we have repented?

The Fruit of Repentance

3 Steps for Repentance

1. Recognize my mistakes against God and people (2 Corinthians 7:10)

 

2. Confess your sins (1 John 1:9, James 5:16)

 

3. Declare and enjoy Christ’s victory over sin and its effects on your life (Colossians 2:14-15)

How can we make repentance part of our daily lives?

Ask a Friend

Personally, what obstacles stand in the way of repentance?

Application

Is there something you can do to change and to show that you have changed? Ask God to help you in this. Read the following Psalm in which David repents from his sin.

Prayer Model

Lord Jesus, thank you for forgiving me. I have decided to turn away from sin and live the way that you want me to. I commit my life to you, and rejoice in your salvation!

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