“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19)
Repentance is the backbone of the Christian faith. It is the act of turning from one’s life of sin and putting on a life of godly diligence. A life of sin is not only a dramatization of murder, robbery etc..but includes anything that’s contrary to the will of God. We must keep in mind that no sin is greater than the next so focusing on overcoming our shortcomings is more important than comparing ourselves to our neighbors. Sin is sin. Period.
Our human nature has been subject to sin ever since the events that transpired in the garden of Eden. We have all been and continue to be touched by sin. Christians are a work in progress, laying aside the passing pleasures of this word and training themselves to have the heart and mind of Christ. As with any training, one endures vigorous work; practicing relentlessly with the intention of becoming stronger. A Christian training to fight against sin needs to study God’s word for the strengthening of their hope, trust, and faith, and put it into practice thoughout their lives.
Although we may succum to sin at times, God is searching for our repented heart. A heart that recognizes the wrong that’s been committed, experiences remorse, and reaches a resolution. We mustn’t let our heart condemn us but transform it into the likeness of God. A repented heart will produce more than an confession of Christ with our mouths, but a conversion to Christ with our lifestyle.
We come to God by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), believing what we’ve heard (Hebrews 11:6), repenting, which is turning from living for self to living for God (Luke 13:3), confessing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior (Matt 10:32-33), and being baptized (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:15-16, and Romans 6:1-6)