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What Is True Repentance

Is true repentance a process or an immediate act? What does a repentant life truly look like?

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Markv, there is no scripture or evidence ABEL was born of the spirit, yet was not only convicted of sin, but by faith obeyed God, offering a blood sacrifice until Jesus came and died on the Cross. TODAY we don't offer animal sacrifices, because Jesus is that perfect Lamb of God. IF YOU INSIST Abel was Born of the Spirit first, then WHY DID ABEL NEED AN ANIMAL SACRIFICE? If Abel were already Born of the Spirit, either Jesus was not necessary OR Jesus already died and rose again, for it is the RISEN CHRIST who is that quickening Spirit AKA being Born Again.

You are a heretic Markv, and your false doctrine I will never accept. You can call me all the names you want. Your false doctrine is inconsistent with the WORD OF GOD?
---kathr4453 on 9/16/13


44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural, and afterward that which is spiritual..

47 The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven.

to be BORN AGAIN means to be "Born from ABOVE" , it doesn't mean that our spirits are born a SECOND TIME, like Markv wants you to believe. And that is where Markv and Calvinists have it ALL WRONG. These verses prove that.
---kathr4453 on 9/16/13


This is why Markv uses the tern RE-BIRTH. rebirth is reincarnation. THAT is exactly what he teaches, that our spirits have been re-birthed or re-incarnated. WRONG. No scripture says "your spirit" needs to be born again, or a second time. That is not what John 3 says either. John 3 is also saying there are two births, one, our natural birth, or, born of water, and one, to be Born of the Spirit. ONLY JESUS through His death and resurrection can provide you with the second birth, to be born from Above, and His risen life, Christ in You, is the only way you can be born from Above. CHRIST WHO IS OUR LIFE is our spiritual birth. No one was Born Again , born from ABOVE, before His death and resurrection.
---kathr453 on 9/16/13


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//I am a bro who go by my wife's grand kid given name of Nana.---Nana on 9/12/13//
Wow, I love it- this made me chuckle brother,.
Yes, I am a sister in Christ.

Thanks for the chuckle,what a blessing laughter is.

Shalom
---char on 9/15/13

Was your step grand child named after the Apache chief? I'm a fan of the Apache fighting techniques because of Geronimo.

All this time I was being gentle with you. Thought you were a granny.

My grandchildren call my wife Nana. Sorry for misunderstanding.....just didn't know until you informed.
---Trav on 9/16/13


Kathr, when I answer you with the Truth it is so that many who read and want to learn they will learn the Truth. I know it does nothing for you.
Concerning the Spirit of God, you say man has the power with his free will to change his own heart, believe in the Lord, and love the Lord, but what you forget is that no matter how much free will you have, you cannot make the Holy Spirit testify to your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. And if the Spirit does not testify to your heart that Jesus is Lord, you will never believe. You do not control the Spirit of God. In fact you control only the things God allows you to control.
---Mark_V. on 9/16/13




Again Markv, repentance has also been granted TO THE GENTILES....period. To the Jew first and NOW to the GENTILES. Conviction comes through the CONSCIENCE of man. It's through a man's conscience that he knows he is a sinner. And the WORD of God is what convicts the conscience....anyone's conscience.

So now not only Jews can receive eternal life, WHOSOEVER will, meaning Gentiles too, if you believe IN HIM.

This is what scripture says. It says NOTHING about your twisted discombobulated cherry picking and twisting of scripture.
---kathr4453 on 9/15/13


Just what part of these verses don't you believe MarkV....

John 8:9
And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Romans 2:15
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another,)
---kathr4453 on 9/15/13


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//---shira4368 on 9/12/13//
Understood.(matt 13 (all)
It is no mistake
One nation under God -

I agree we must pray for our nation and will stand with you in agreement sis.//

Here is my concern:Youtube
Iran FanningIsams Messanic Hope?-cbndotcom March11,2011

Gen25:12-26
Shalom
---char on 9/15/13


Kathr, no one but you say the conscience died at the fall. What died at the fall was their spirit on the day they sinned. You said"Lydia, absolutely, repentance is something every man is capable of." Every man can repent of anything to anyone, but the lost cannot repent unto God unless God the Spirit convicts their hearts of sin against a Holy God. That ability is only granted to those who have been born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks to our conscience when we are believers. then you say'
"Now Markv would have you believe the conscience of man died at the fall, and is totally incapable of repentance." I never said that or believe that. You said it to make up another lie as always.
---Mark_V. on 9/15/13


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//I am a bro who go by my wife's grand kid given name of Nana.---Nana on 9/12/13//
Wow, I love it- this made me chuckle brother,.
Yes, I am a sister in Christ.

Thanks for the chuckle,what a blessing laughter is.

Shalom
---char on 9/15/13




No Markv you don't have to type google to find what to say in Spanish, I did. I asked Google, how do you say " go away little man" and that is what google gave as an answer. So if it also means disappear little man, then so what.

If women ask a gentleman to leave them alone, a gentleman does. But it's the PERVERTS who continue harassing. You fall in the category of perverts. GO AWAY LITTLE MAN who lies. If you carried on like this face to face in public with people, victimizing them with your truth , people would call the Police on you.
---kathr4453 on 9/15/13


Repentance is an immediate act.
It's a ONCE only event where we repented of DEAD WORKS of self-righteousness, Heb 6:1.

A repentant life is where we continue to fight the good fight of faith, being WITHOUT SPOT and BLAMELESS in regards to the keeping of God's commandment to believe on Jesus, 1Tim 6:12-14.
---Haz27 on 9/15/13


Lydia, absolutely, repentance is something every man is capable of. Every man, lost or saved has a CONSCIENCE I them God put there. Now Markv would have you believe the conscience of man died at the fall, and is totally incapable of repentance. He believes only God grants "certain people" the gift of repentance, and if God doesn't first grant it, man of himself is incapable of repentance.

God does grant GENTILES repentance unto salvation without first becoming a proselyte of Israel TODAY. But Markv fails to read that whole chapter clarifying that fact.

Man's conscience did not die at the fall of Adam.
---kathr4453 on 9/15/13


Acts 11:18

18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

This is where Markv PERVERTS facts. Here is Peter talking to the Jewish Council after going to Cornelius the Gentile. Cornelius, a gentile, and his family were saved. YEA, and received the Holy Spirit TOO, just like the Jews did after Pentecost. And those were Peter's words to the council.

Now Markv wants to twist this around to say ONLY THE ELECT are GRANTED repentance. That is NOT what that verse says at all.
---kathr453 on 9/15/13


//---shira4368 on 9/12/13//
Understood.(matt 13 (all)
It is no mistake
One nation under God -

I agree we must pray for our nation and will stand with you in agreement sis.

Gods will is - His Way.
His Word to be witnessed In Spirit and In truth.
Ysha:Jesus Christ anointed Word of God.
Ysha: YHVH Savior
Anointed: Messiah the one who is delivering is Elohyim,
the one who delivers is Elohyim, the deliverer is Elohyim -
By - His Word and no other.

Shalom sis
---char on 9/14/13


Oh my God Shira4368 my friend you are telling the God truth! You are tell the whole truth! People are in the neighborhoods, who I probably never thought They seek to GET CLOSE to study you, I do not visit hardly ever you would be surprized who are now muslims, or study to be muslims..
I have a neighbor who actually always claims to be "aethiest" NOW
he is thinking about " becoming a muslim!" It's incredible.
---Lidia4796 on 9/14/13


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Kathr, Your always wrong. You say it means'
"Marks, it appears again you can't even read Spanish ....it says "go away little man" in Spanish." No it doesn't. The word desparecer means to disappear, it does not mean to go away. If you wanted to say, go away, the word is different "Vete" or "vayase"
I don't have to type google to know that. Stop trying to make up stuff, your salvation should be more important. If your saved already, which I doubt, seek God and you will find Him. But no genuine believer would contradict the word of God on purpose like you do everyday with the addition of the evil that comes out of your mouth all the time. It just doesn't stop.
---Mark_V. on 9/14/13


Marks, it appears again you can't even read Spanish ....it says "go away little man" in Spanish. Yep. Just type in google search " how do you say "go away little man" in Spanish, and that is what comes up.


What lie did you think I said in Spanish? ..free will...LOL.

Markv, what makes that comment a lie? OR is it you lying again pretending to be something you are not, lying saying your grand grand father was old enough to fight in the war before and leading up to 1838 and then got thrown out. He must have been loyal to the dictator Santa Anna if he was thrown out.

AND It was your grand grand grand father, but IMPOSSIBLE for it to be your grand grand father.
---kathr4453 on 9/14/13


Hello,Kathn4453 you a mess! Now you insulting in spanish...I better be carefull, smiles!

..true repentance is when we truly come to
the Lord repentent not just heart knowledge but head knowledge..meaning
" ok !"I realize been wrong,
have give it to Jesus
Repent & be diligent
Keep in mind!
I must not do it again( remember God's mercy!)
I could have been " snuffed out!" If not for the mercies of a loving God.
---Lidia4796 on 9/14/13


RC Sproul tells us there is two kinds of repentance. The first is called "Attrition." Attrition is a false or spurious kind of repentance. It involves remorse cause by a fear of punishment or a loss of blessing. Children display this repentance for fear of the paddle and cries, "I am sorry, please don't spank me" This repentance is a not a sign of genuine wrongdoing. Isau exhibited this repentance. He was sorry not because he had sinned, but because he had lost his birthright.
"Contrition" on the other hand, is true and godly repentance. It includes a deep remorse for having offended God. The contrite person openly and fully confesses his sin with no attempt to excuse or justify it.
---Mark_V. on 9/14/13


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true repentance still waiting for your harvest?
---Bryan on 9/14/13


Kathr, in your lost condition, blind to the Truth, completely blind, you say,
"desaparecer hombrecito
---kathr4453 on 9/13/13"
Wrong words, try again.
Then say,"
MarkV I reject your truth because I have received God's truth."
If you have received God's truth then you should be punished even worse for contradicting His Word everytime you speak. Remember, the punishment is worse for those that know the Truth and later reject it. You are big at that.
Then say,
"You are just some pip squeak in Texas" Again wrong, I live in nothern California, and have for over fifty years.
---Mark_V. on 9/14/13


True repentance leads to forsaking the sins that we are called on to repent of.

A repentant life is one that is looking to JESUS the author and finisher of our faith. Not depending on self but walking in love to GOD and to others.


Gal 2:20

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
---Samuelbb7 on 9/13/13


victimize


verb

1. single (someone) out for cruel or unjust treatment.


"scam artists who victimize senior citizens"


synonyms: persecute, pick on, push around, bully, abuse, discriminate against, ill-treat, mistreat, maltreat, terrorize, hector,

at least you admit it. However the Holy Spirit does not work through VICTIMIZATION.

since you don't understand English, maybe you will understand your own language.

desaparecer hombrecito
---kathr4453 on 9/13/13


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markv, you are right. I just couldn't resist answering you. you provoke me to tell you the truth that you do not know.
---shira4368 on 9/13/13


MarkV I reject your truth because I have received God's truth. Please save your breath on me, for I do not WANT YOUR TRUTH. You are just some pip squeak in Texas. GO AWAY and leave people alone who ask you to please leave them alone. I know what you preach and I have told you often, we are not of the same faith. I am grounded in MINE, and the Lord and I are doing JUST FINE and Dandy.

You are a cyber bully.
---kathr4453 on 9/13/13


Kathr, I victimize you with the Truth, and you reject it all the time. You try to find an argument even when you compromise the Word of God. Now, I believe that Shira is saved indeed, I was teaching her the Word of God and the reason I always answer her. You, on the other hand are in complete darkness, that is why you feel victimize when you hear the Truth. You hate it so much you contradict the Word of Truth with your religious talk. All unbelievers feel victimized. They hate to hear the Truth. Their wills are not free as you say, they are in bondage to sin, doing the desires of their Father the devil who is a liar from the beginning.
---Mark_V. on 9/13/13


Yea, it's this "I'm the messenger of God thing, that not even Paul made claim to of himself". But it is a common statement cult leaders use to prey on sad silly people. I just don't see any sad silly people here.

There is something of delusions of grandure going on here. And if you kindly tell Markv to back away, stand down, he keeps coming back like some pervert again trying to victimize you by then telling you your not saved if you don't listen to him. Yea! Did you see that comment too? He just finds words and ways to really DIG IN, before another online altercation takes place he says YOU started. I see this same thing happening again, now with Shira.

We all know how YOU "work it" Markv.
---kathr4453 on 9/13/13


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Shira, you said your not going to answer me, yet you did. Look and listen. I never said you were not saved. Not once. I said you reject the Truth written down in the Bible. You refuse to believe it because you already have a preconceive mind. Now hear this believer, you do not give the honor and glory to God for your salvation. You want to take credit for it, by saying it was by your own act, your own free will that you are saved, you suddenly decided to choose Him and not Him choosing you. And that is not true at all. When a brother tries to correct you, you call him an enemy for the world to hear. Yet, you never mention how God save you from your condemnation, you and others fight for your own free will, which is not even in Scripture.
---Mark_V. on 9/13/13


Works filled repentance is a difficult self-righteous work to lay at the cross. It seems humble and just for us to try to pay for our own sins with self-inflicted grief and remorse. The work of confession and penance is a practice that dies hard among the religious.
By His grace, God suffered and died for sinners, so all of our sins are paid for, forgiven, and will never be imputed to us again (2 Cor 5:19-21).
Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Rom 4:7-8
No penitent works, turning-from-your sins work, self sacrificial works, religious works, confessional works can forgive a single sin in your life
---michael_e on 9/13/13


kathr4453 on 9/12/13

Agree with all you stated.

"Believe in the truth not what you think."
"I am a messenger of God first and formost, asigned to preach the Truth."

Wow! To think this fella hounded Eloy also (whom I had no problems with, although others did).
I take 20 like Eloy any day than this cat with her litter!
---Nana on 9/12/13


kathr, thanks for your support. you hit the nail on the head. markv can be nice but most of the time obnoxious. nothing he can say is going to rock my boat. you are right again. Im not blown about by every wind of doctrine. I am steadfast and heaven bound. I'm glad I don't have to wait til the rapture to know I'm going to heaven.
---shira4368 on 9/12/13


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Marks, when are you going to stop and leave people alone. Shira has been a Christian for YEARS, so I really doubt she needs you to teach her. I believe Shira is as settled in her faith as many are. So why do you believe it's your place to UNSETTLE anyone. Not that Shira is unsettled by you in the least. But your so obnoxious with this same ol, Same ol..."I've put down the truth for you" nonsense. GOD has put down His Word for all of us. We don't need you to PUT DOWN anything.
---kathr4453 on 9/12/13


char, thank you so much. sometimes I rub some the wrong way but as far as I'm concerned I will uplift God and my bible. I am grounded in my faith and you as well as me can see things going on that others can't see. people think I am crazy when I say the muslims are implanting people in the U.S. It is happening for a reason. America, we need to get on our knees and pray for new leadership from the top down to the bottom. that is our only hope.
---shira4368 on 9/12/13


//---Nana on 9/12/13//
Blessing sis..

Shalom

char

Thank you. I also appreciate your enlightening expositions.
I am a bro who go by my wife's grand kid given name of Nana. Some people have addressed you as sis, are you a sister? (not that it matters)
---Nana on 9/12/13


//---shira4368 on 9/10/13// Thanking the Lord for using you as a blessing.

Rom 1(all)
20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse:
Rom 10(all)
14
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Is 43:12 "I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore (ye are My witnesses," saith the Lord, "that I Am God.")

//---Nana on 9/12/13//
Blessing sis..

Shalom
---char on 9/12/13


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markv, God would show you the truths in God's Word if you pray and study. you need to open your eyes. I want you to tell me where I contradicted myself here.
---shira3468 on 9/12/13


Shira, you say,
".. my views have not changed one single bit. when you accuse me of things I have not done, you are an enemy to me." Your views will not change until God changes them. It is the work of God. What I have done is given you God's word and put it down for you, the Truth of God. You don't want to hear it, and every Christian should have a passion for the Truth, and you say I am an enemy to you because I present the Truth. Only those who are lost say I am an enemy to them. Because brothers and sisters love each other. You do not have to answer me. But that does not stop me from answering the blogs that are teaching wrong. I am a messenger of God first and formost, asigned to preach the Truth. You have a great day.
---Mark_V. on 9/12/13


Ezekiel 18:27-32 "Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die. . Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin. For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye."

Repent, the call of John and Jesus.
Not with half measures, else, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."

God changes not, Amen!
---Nana on 9/12/13


Repent:
Heb[shuv] Strgs 7725
When lost [rasha] on the crocked path- turn around and return to the correct (straight) path.

As we see from Elohyim's chosen Witnesses: Deut 30 (all)

8"And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all His commandments which I command thee this day."

Ez18:30 [shuvu vhashiyvu] Hebrew verb 'to turn" "make a turn" "stop and turn away"
come back to the straight path one should be following

Ez 18:30
Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions, so iniquity shall not be your ruin.


Ysha: YHVH delivers
---char on 9/11/13


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The unsaved have to be drawn by God in order for them to become righteous. Only the righteous can come before God to seek and ask Him...MarkV

That is right & & God is everywhere present & nowhere absent. God is everywhere and Jesus himself says that if he be lifted up he will draw ALL men(includes women) to HIM.
---g on 9/11/13


markv, my views have not changed one single bit. when you accuse me of things I have not done, you are an enemy to me. I don't wish to talk to you anymore. you are evil and cause trouble. you lie when you say I changed my mind. I have NEVER changed anything I ever said on these blogs.
---shira4368 on 9/11/13


Shira, now you say,
" I don't know for sure but I've never heard of anyone being saved without someone to witness to them. again you are wrong."
Believe in the truth not what you think. The truth is the Word of God, Jesus. We as believers are commanded to witness to individuals. We do not have a clue whom God has prepared to listen to His Word. Whoever it is God has willed that that person be there to hear His Word. It is all the work of God the Spirit. God prepares his heart, grants them faith to believe, and when they hear the gospel truth they receive it with open arms. It is that simple. God prepares the believer, while He is preparing the sinner, it's all the work of God, that is why we give Him honor and glory.
---Mark_V. on 9/11/13


markv, I know the Holy Spirit draws a person. we have preachers and missionaries that preach salvation and sinners are convicted under their preaching. even the bible says how can we know without a preacher. I don't know for sure but I've never heard of anyone being saved without someone to witness to them. again you are wrong. I believe I was saved because I was raised in a Godly family that took me to church where I could hear the truths of the bible.
---shira4368 on 9/11/13


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Shira, if you could hear, you would hear the Truth. You say,
"unsaved people can pray for God to forgive them. how in the world do you think someone is saved"
The unsaved have to be drawn by God in order for them to become righteous. Only the righteous can come before God to seek and ask Him. The unrighteous do not seek after God (Rom. 3:11). God does not listen to the unrighteous. God's word,
"Now we know that God does not hear sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He will hear them" (John 9:31). No sinner can stand before God and ask anything. He might ask, but God does not hear him. He hears only those who worship Him and do His will through our Mediator who is Christ.
---Mark_V. on 9/11/13


Actually, God sent Ezekiel to the children of Israel in rebellion,
Ezekiel 2:3_5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them." v7. "And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious."

Ezekiel 3:17 "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me."
---Nana on 9/10/13


markv, I surely ask God to save me. you honestly don't know what you are saying. unsaved people can pray for
God to forgive them. how in the world do you think someone is saved?
---shira4368 on 9/10/13


Shira, a lost person cannot even ask to be saved. He is dead spiritually. Dead to the things of God. He has no desire for Christ that is why he does not ask with a contrite heart. "There is none who seeks after God" Why do you not believe the Truth? Why? You hear and reject it. Then you say'
"markv, you cannot show me one thing I said we are saved by works. we are saved by faith."
We are not saved by faith, we are saved by Grace, the Grace of God, through faith. Not by faith or on account of faith, as the meritorious cause, but through faith as the instrumental cause. Everyday you fight for the right of sinful man, and reject the right of our Holy God. You say you don't but you do.
---Mark_V. on 9/10/13


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markv, you cannot show me one thing I said we are saved by works. we are saved by faith. it is a gift of God. we do good works because we are saved. you markv, are the one who believes some are chosen by God to salvation and the rest of us are just hell bound. frankly you need to get your own belief straightened out.
---shira4368 on 9/10/13


Shira, again you speak of salvation as if it came from man works, that all he has to do is ask and God will save him. Sorry, a lost rebellious person can ask all he wants, while lost and God does not hear him. No unbeliever, sinful and rebellious can come before God who is righteous and pure and demand anything. Anyone that wants something from God, has to have Christ as his Mediator.
You make it sound like God is obligated to sinful man. You should study the Bible before you make comments that are not truthful. God has to make the unbeliever spiritually alive together with Christ before the person can ask anything in Christ name. You just won't believe in the Truth no matter how much of God's word is given to you.
---Mark_V. on 9/10/13


when we ask God to forgive our sin, He is just to forgive. it was instantaneous for me. God don't mess around when one ask to be saved.
---shira4368 on 9/9/13


Don't ask me....True repentance is an immediate act. When God comes to you, and convicts you of your sins, Immediately you are sorry. It is a heart thing.
---catherine on 9/9/13


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Have to say Jesus knows our innermost being, he knows our strengths & our weakness' we have to submit our mind,we struggle many of us ( it took me a long time to get the body come under submisstion) I take NO glory, but Jesus help me in this, God hand not short nor tied.He will forgive over & over he wants our mind,soul,body be sold out! he helps me more than I can say!
---Lidia4796 on 9/9/13


When the word 'repent' is used in the word of God in the context of Biblical salvation, it is referring to a truly God given Spirit led change of heart and mind toward God about sin.

The nature of repentance:

1. Conviction (where sin is admitted) Psalm 32:5 "I acknowledged my sin to You, and You forgave the iniquity of my sins."

2. Contrition (where sin is abhorred) (Ps.38:18) "I will declare my iniquity and be sorry for my sin."

3. Conversion (where sin is abandoned) (Prov 28:13) "He who confesses and forsakes his sin shall have mercy."

Repentance is turning from sin...and
Faith is turning to Christ
We must do both...God bless.
---Anne on 3/17/09


Another good question. If you stay faithful to God He is just to forgive you. Stay in prayer. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins on a regular bases. Ask God to help you. We do tend to keep sinning in some of the same areas. Makes no difference. God is a just God, and He will keep forgiving you. GOD KNOWS OUR WEAKNESSES. VICTORIES, oh yes, can only come from GOD.
---catherine on 3/5/09


Repentance means that I own responsibility for my part in was unsatisfactory behaviour.I accept responsibility for my part in what is and what will be new behavior.Repentance is owning repsponsibility for what was, accepting responsibility for what is and acting responsibily now.
---t on 3/4/09


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"Repentace" means to turn around and go in the opposite direction. In the Christian life, it means going toward Christ instead away from Him. It also means not doing the same thing again. While repentace may be a one time descision, it may take a process to stay repentant. For exampe: maybe the alcohoic will "repent" and stop drinking, but he/she may need counseling and/or attend AA meetings to stay away from drinking on a permanent bases. Most Christians who repent, may need encouragement, (not nagging) to stay repentant.
---wivv on 12/6/08


I suppose it could be both a process and an act. Repentance is the acute awareness that one has hurt a loved one (the Saviour and perhaps others) beyond repair. (This does not mean that reparation is not owed, only that the damage of sin can never be entirely undone) It includes disgust for one's self and one's acts to the point that even the thought of repeating the sin causes pain.

The only possible response is to beg God (and/or others) for the mercy and forgiveness one knows he does not deserve.
---Donna66 on 12/5/08


Josef and Leslie~ It is so true what you said about the repentant person is one who is humbled. I loved reading both of your posts.

"A humble and contrite heart I (God) will not despise." (sorry I do not know the Book and chap of this verse, but I love this verse of scripture so much.)
---Anne on 12/5/08


Frances~ very well said. Many people do not mention the part Frances did, that it is an ongoing battle, and we will continue to be tested throughout our life. A true child of God will make many mistakes in their growing walk with God...but in the end they will follow the Holy Spirit's leading, and desire above all to live according to God's will. A true child of God may even make very grieveous sins (as David did), but when we realize those sins, we will despise the sin and sorrowfully repent of it, just as David did. We will also learn from these mistakes.

A true child of God will love to read God's word and know His word above all else, and live it out in their life. They will cling to God and treasure and trust in God completely.
---Anne on 12/5/08


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Frances~ very well said. Many people do not mention the part Frances did, that it is an ongoing battle, and we will continue to be tested throughout our life. A true child of God will make many mistakes in their growing walk with God...but in the end they will follow the Holy Spirit's leading, and desire above all to live according to God's will. A true child of God may even make very grieveous sins (as David did), but when we realize those sins, we will despise the sin and sorrowfully repent of it, just as David did. We will also learn from these mistakes.

A true child of God will love to read God's word and know His word above all else, and live it out in their life. They will cling to God and treasure and trust in God completely.
---Anne on 12/5/08


Repentance is sorrow for sin and a turning away from it.
Ex David's experiene one of true repentance
Juda' expeience not genuine repenrance.
True reentance is beyond the reach of our own power to accomplish.rather it is obtained only from Jesus.
---Pierr5358 on 12/5/08


True repentance is from God. When we repent, we change our minds from unbelief to believing on HIM. HE THEN GIVES US A TOTAL CHANGE OF MIND.(true repentance) The wrong WAY I remember no more, the right way I see. HE is the LIGHT of the world.
---duane on 12/5/08


The more God enlightens you as to what is sinful in your life or what you did in the past that was sinful, the more you are able to repent. It is God's grace that brings us to repentance. But when you sweep the house out, evil spirits will want to live in the nice clean house. It is an ongoing battle.
---frances008 on 12/4/08


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True Repentance is when you turn from your sins (stop doing them), and change your actions, attitute, and way of thinking. This involves admitting you are a sinner in need of a Savior (Jesus), and humbling yourself to the point of dying to yourself (flesh, desires, and will). Pride must cease in this area.
---Leslie on 12/4/08


you cant do a greater work than jesus dying going to hell taking the keys of hell and death away then coming back it means in greater measure since there so many christians all over the earth now healing the sick raising the dead millions instead of just one
---james on 12/4/08


"Is true repentance a process or an immediate act?"
"Repentance is an immediate act that is followed by an on going process."---Pharisee on 12/1/08--- I agree.
Repentance is the recognition of error as reveal by a truth illuminated via the word of God, which produces within us a sorrow emanating from God that leads us to an empowered change of mind and/or direction.
"What does a repentant life truly look like?" Humbled.
True repentance guides one towards reformation, as in a corresponding on going desire and intent to make improvements or alterations for the better as concerning ones attitude and/or actions, through the submission of ones will, ways and thoughts to Christ, our empowerment and hope.
---Josef on 12/4/08


To---Pharisee and Donna
Donna ask "What are these GREATER WORKS that Jesus talks about?"
The answer to this question is being a soulwinner! Which I'm certain both of you have done.

Here is your proof,Proverbs 11:30,
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise."

To open a man's eyes is to let him see until death. To be a soulwinner last for eternity.
---mima on 12/2/08


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I guess when I reflect on the life of Jesus I see his Power and Godhood first.

He did do some ordinary human things like being baptized or praying for example.

I'm not gunning for ya, maybe it seems that way, I've felt the same way from you in the past and didn't mention it till now, and I think it's not being able to speak face to face that creates this kind of confusion.
I just know my life looks nothing like Jesus' so it struck a nerve with me.

God bless you Donna, U R LUVED.
---Pharisee on 12/2/08


Pharisee, I forgot about this scripture, but the Holy Spirit just brought it to my rememberance.

John 14:12 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father.

What are these GREATER WORKS that Jesus talks about?

And if you haven't opened blind eyes yet, why not? And yes you have died, Paul said, I die daily. You've been more like Christ then you realize.
---donna8365 on 12/2/08


Pharisee, you are a riot. You took my words and misconstrued it's meaning. For some reason, you're gunning for me.

PLEASE let me explain.

When I say, a repentent life looks like the life of Jesus - I meant when He forgave his enemies (all those pharisees and saducees that came against them, he forgave them).

I meant when Judas betrayed Jesus, Jesus still let him eat the last supper with him.

Are you getting this yet? LOL

I did NOT say a repentant life IS the life of Jesus, I merely said it LOOKS LIKE the life of Jesus - two different meanings.
---donna8365 on 12/2/08


Like going under the water to bathe away filth, true repentance allows the spiritual fellowship with Christ to bathe away the 'dead' carnal man and to transform him into the 'living' temple of God.
---Internetelias on 12/2/08


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REPEntance FROM an evil lifestyle means that you have made up your mind not to REPEat your evil deeds.

If you were in the habit of intentionally and repeatedly CAUSING evil, then you must make up your mind to no longer cause evil.

If you have always been a peaceful and just person, you could possibly have nothing to repent from.

If you sin against propriety (table manners, dress codes, codes of etiquette), you have not committed evil (God does not care about sins against "propriety").

The prodigal son sinned against HEAVEN/rightness, but his dad was the VICTIM (dad's gift was ruined), but the son learned the error of his way and trusted in his dad's loving kindness. The dad reacted the same as God would.
---more_excellent_way on 12/2/08


A repentend life looks like the life of Jesus.
---donna8365 on 12/1/08

Wow, I guess I'm losing the fight...

never opened the eyes of the blind, never walked on water, never calmed a storm, never died on a cross, never realized EVERY SIN I commit unknowingly, Never had a perfect day...must I go on?
---Pharisee on 12/1/08


Repentance is an immediate act that is followed by an on going process.

A penitent life is one that has been surrendered to Jesus Christ, it's not a perfected life, it's still subject to limitations of the old life in learned behavior, attitudes and the measure of surrender each believer brings to the table.

This makes every surrendered life look a little different, the one thing they all have in Common is they confess and worship Jesus Christ as Lord.
---Pharisee on 12/1/08


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