Fear of God Devotional: What Is Repentance?



What is repentance?

Don Hart explains in this video that one of the classic definitions of repentance is the act of turning from the direction of which you are going and doing an about-face and going in another direction.

Yet, what we think of as repentance often focuses too much on the act of “turning” and not enough on what we do after we “turn.” If we are saved, we will not only turn away from sin, but we will turn towards Christ. We will follow Him. It is the fruit of being saved. It is the evidence. 

Repentance is a duty that we have as Christians and one that we cannot fulfill unless He has changed our heart and made it into a heart of flesh instead of a heart of stone.  Only God can allow us to turn away from our sin and follow Him. 

Joel 2:12-13 (NKJV) – “‘Now, therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.’ So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.”

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