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Does Forgiveness Include Repenting

If you would not change your past mistakes (sins), does that mean you do not fully repent and are therefore not really forgiven.

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If a person still commits their past sins, when asked forgiveness in the past, they truely didn't repent, and truely didn't get forgiveness. To repent means to not to do the things you used to do (to flea from it) Have no desire to do them anylonger. Chances are if this person is still doing the things of the past, they really never gotten saved to begin with.
---Rebecca_D on 2/2/08

Many want to reap the benefits and promises of Christianity. Believing God will forgive them when they hold unforgiveness toward others in their heart and still want to commit the sins they ask forgiveness for(no repentance). They are greatly deceived.
---Matthew on 5/17/07

While we were still enemies and sinners, God forgave us through Christ. Thats in your bibles folks... If the Spirit doesnt guide you, then read your bibles. Its in black and white.
---duane on 5/17/07

If you look at your past mistakes as a means by which you learned valuable lessons, I think that there is nothing wrong with that. However, if you have every intention of repeating those "mistakes," I have to question if you have really experienced salvation in the first place. The Bible says that when we are born again, the old 'man' passes away and all things become new. You should be a new creature in Christ, not desiring to live your old life.
---Criss on 5/17/07

Yes it does. Repentance means to turn away from sin, not just confess it. You must have true repentance before there can be any forgiveness from God. That is the qualification.
---Leslie on 12/31/06

rebecca and tofur say that once repented you wont want to do any of the old sins again. baloney. this is when satan kicks it in high gear. We're NOT promised wealth, health , and happy times as the modern day charasmatic pentecostal message states today. but we ARE promised trials, temptations, and persecutions. to say the old flesh is gone is wrong, it wars with the new Spirit
---r.w. on 8/6/06

Rebecca is right, If you repent you change. Repenting is like changing your mind. Sort of like if you quit smoking then your repented of the habit. Our repentance is changing our mind to the new belief that Christ is our savior and giving ourselves to him. Before that we had our faith in man, then we repented (change our minds) and put our faith in Christ. Hope that makes some sort of sense.
---tofurabby on 7/12/06

Remember the woman at the well with Jesus. He told her she was living in adultry and had several husbands. She drank of the living water and was saved. Jesus told her to go and sin no more.
---shira on 7/12/06

Repentance, like forgiving others, is like an onion.

You're always peeling away one layer after another.
---Jack on 7/12/06

It is impossible to alter one's past. One cannot "change" their past mistakes, they have been done. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we become light, we become salt. Sin does not have the desireable taste of righteousness , sin cannot preserve and darkness has no authority over light.
---Ryan on 7/11/06

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