What does it mean to repent? Is it just saying these words and moving on? Is it confessing to clergy, being sorry and expressing regret? Or is it much more than that?
In Luke 13, Jesus tells us to repent or we will perish. To repent means to turn from our sin, as in the opposite direction. It does not mean to ask for forgiveness and then to keep sinning. God's grace is not a license to sin.
There is no doubt that we have sin in our lives (1 John 1:8). But the key is to not continue in sin, lest our prayers be hindered (Psalm 66:18). Sincerely ask for forgiveness and turn from sin, realizing that is the reason Jesus hung on that tree.
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