Fear of God Devotional: Characteristics of False Repentance

What are characteristics of false repentance?

Carlton McCleod explains in this video that it is often difficult to determine whether where a person is demonstrating true or false repentance from one encounter. False repentance springs up quickly and is accompanied by emotion but there is no life to it beyond the moment.

Simply because an individual is emotional and there are tears doesn’t necessarily mean that he is truly repentant. False repentance springs up quickly and is very quickly taken away by worldly concerns. We must walk with people for awhile to fully ascertain whether they are truly repentant. It is easy for someone to apologize for something but later do the same thing later that day. 

1 John 3:9 (NKJV) – “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”