Repentance – A Definition

Matthew 3:2:

“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

It has been said by many of the great Pastors and many of my teachers at Liberty University that the greater sermon any Pastor could ever give would go something like this:

“Repent!  Thank you and we will see you next week!”

It really is that simple.  The overarching theme of the Bible is based around this one word – repent.

What does the Bible mean by repent?  In the original Greek it literally means “turn in the other direction and walk away”

So when we have found ourselves yet once again doing something we know that we should not be doing, the Bible tells us to do the following:

  1. Confess – tell God that you know what you did was wrong and that you agreed with God that it is a sin.
  2. Repent – you must now try your very best to not continue to do the thing again.  This is where the “turn around and go in the other direction” comes in.  You must walk away from doing this thing that you know is wrong.
  3. Make It Right – if what you did involved doing wrong to someone else, then you must immediately go and make it right with them.  This is the part that most people find the hardest to do.  For example, if you happen to steal something from someone, you are expected to go and tell them what you did, return it to them, and then you may even need to go a step further and repay them for any damage or loss they incurred from your stealing from them.

Anything short of doing these three steps for sin sends a sign to God that you have not truly repented from your sins.

Oh, by the way, welcome to the club!  Look around you – everyone you see is a sinner!!  So this advice is actually great advice for every single person.  Can you just imagine what a different place the world would be if every person did these three steps everytime they sinned?

Repent!!!  One word that can make the different in how you will spend eternity.

With Love,

Pastor Brad Komgenick

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