In II Corinthians 5:17 Paul, the Apostle writes, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new person; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
The bible tells us in Romans 10:13 “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” In Matthew 4:17 Jesus began to preach, and to say, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” John the Baptist preached in Matthew 3:2 “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
God is crying out to the church and to the world to repent. Repentance is the way into the kingdom of heaven.
According to Webster’s New World College Dictionary, repent means to feel sorry or self-reproachful for what one has done or fail to do.
Paul writes in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Repentance means to change our minds about the way we are living. It is to turn away from an old life…. simply to…. turn away from.
True repentance is not just turning away from something; more importantly, it is turning to someone – JESUS. To repent is to turn to Christ who is able to make the difference and bring about the needed change.
Because of the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we took on a sinful nature; therefore, we must exchange this “old, sinful nature” for God’s “new, holy nature.”
Repentance involves three facets:
1. Think differently about sin
2. Feel differently about sin
3. Choose to do different
We can think and feel differently about sin, but if we are not willing to do something about it, then, we have not really repented.
If we are satisfied with our lives without turning away from sin, then we have not repented.
If you are ready now to turn from your old life of sin and shame and turn to the God who loved you while you were yet a sinner, repeat this prayer:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you now confessing that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I ask that You cleanse me of all my sins and make me a new person.
I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that God raised Jesus from the dead so that I may be saved. I choose this day to serve You. No longer will I serve the devil. I denounce my old lifestyle, habits, and deeds.
I thank You, Lord, that You are now my Father and from this moment on I am in the family of God in Jesus Name, Amen”.