The Necessity of Repentance

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Repentance is the remorse for wrongdoing with a strong desire for change. God wants us to feel remorseful for our sins because godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10).

It’s not the will of God for anyone to perish. He desires that everyone turns from their wicked ways to repent. He delays the promised return of Jesus to give room for more people to repent (2 Peter 3:9).

Repentance is necessary because the sins of anyone who repents are blotted out. He is forgiven and not held accountable for past sins. Unless the sins of a person are cleansed and forgiven, he cannot make heaven at the end of his life (Acts 3:19).

Jesus said a person will perish unless he repents (Luke 13:3). Repentance saves from destruction. Anyone marked for death is saved through repentance. God forgives his past sins, and he walks in the newness of life (Ezekiel 18:21-22).

Sin limits the prosperity of a person. Whoever covers his sin will not prosper. A sinner may prosper in his wickedness, but it’s only for a season. True prosperity comes from patience and holy life in righteousness free from sin after repentance (Proverbs 28:13).

Heaven rejoices when a sinner repents. The sinner rejoices too because he is free from even limits of the past that prevent his progress (Luke 15:7).

The wages of sin is death, but repentance replaces death in the life of a sinner with an eternal life with God in heaven and fruitful life on earth (Romans 6:23).

To repent, the sinner should feel sorry for his sin because godly sorrow leads to repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10).

He should give his life to Christ because God appointed and anointed Jesus to give salvation to everyone (Acts 5:31).

He should turn from his wicked ways and pray to God for a change of heart (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Finally, he should confess his sins to God and the person offended. This is restitution. God forgives sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness when we confess our sins to him. Old sins are past and we are not held accountable for them (1 John 1:9; Psalm 38:18).
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