We repent enough to be forgiven, but do we surrender enough to be changed?  In Mark 1:15, Jesus’ first message to the crowds was to repent and believe the gospel.  When we sin, we have turned our backs on God.  To repent is to turn away from sin and turn instead to God.  Here are 7 elements of repentance:

Conviction - The Holy Spirit opens our eyes and helps us see what we could not see before.  Our prideful spirits are softened, helping us become aware of the simple fact that we are wrong.

Surrender - The Holy Spirit supplies us with a willingness to be honest with ourselves and with God.  With His help, we are willing to to recognize and admit we are wrong.

Godly sorrow or remorse - An appropriate response when repenting for sins is to experience Godly sorrow or remorse at having gone the wrong way and disappointed God.

Confess fully - Confess and apologize to God and others.  Agree with God’s leadership and the truth of His word, the Bible.  Acknowledge that God is right and we are wrong.  Ask for forgiveness.

Make restitution when necessary - Sometimes we have to pay for damages we have incurred while walking in a path of sin.   Repentance includes making things right when we can.  Luke 19:8

Reflect on your sins, mistakes, and wrong choices just long enough to learn from them.  Make a plan to move in a new direction, walking new paths, forging new habits so as not to repeat the same sins and mistakes.

Receive God’s great love and rest in His forgiveness for you!  When you recognize how much we desperately need God’s help at every stage, we find deeper joy and gratitude for the finished work of Christ on the cross.

God does not take sin lightly.  God is just.  And a just penalty must be paid for every sin.  The great joy is that God is also merciful.  He sent Jesus to pay that just penalty for our sins.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   Adopted from Melissa McLaughlin.org

Pastor Pete