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When Should We Repent

What is your definition of repent? When should we repent? for what? and how?

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Repent means, to change your mind(mind of Christ) to stop doing the things you were.(or somethng to that effect) We do it not to be loved by God, but because we are loved by God. At least thats what I think. And I do not have a definate anwser on when, I would imagine a.s.a.p...but I have noticed with myself on certian things it is a process..sometimes it happens overnight, sometimes it doesnt. Its all about Grace. I think God grants grace in order for repentance.
---Jennifer on 8/12/10

We should repent everyday,all day really! But, we should repent at least, once day for all of our many sins. We sin every day. If you do not repent, its like piling up more and more dirty clothes on top of each other. Things began to stink and get out of control in our lives. Repentance releases our guilt and helps us to move forward in our walk with Christ. Repentance humbles us before God and helps us to understand we need God in our lives. We are helpless without Him and need Him everyday,all day. Repentance is one of the cornerstones of Christianity. Very very important to understand. It makes our walk with the Lord joyous,fruitful and very fulfilling.
---Robyn on 8/12/10

On another blog the question was asked that if I were in sin, I believe the person was arguing with the driver, and didn't have time to ask God to forgive her and the car crashed and she was killed, would God forgive her? [Or it went something like that]. Well, I have a good answer. If you truly belong to God the answer is yes.
---catherine on 6/26/10

I believe in repenting on a continuous bases. One day we all must face God, take no chances in this. Sometimes I feel like a broken record to myself. But, God has chosen me, and Jesus will forever intercede for His people....Sin is viewed as a lack of fellowship with God. The ideal life is having a life of fellowship with the living God. If you do not have a life of fellowship with this living God you do not have an ideal life. ...Sin is the condition of the heart. We all have heart trouble. God know s it. That's why Jesus came....Unbelief a GREAT SIN. Is not just a rejection of a dogma or a creed. It is the rejection of the spiritual light which has been revealed in Jesus Christ. Come to that light.
---catherine on 6/18/10

We need to repent as soon as we recognize we have sinned.

Repent has already been correctly defined as turning from sin.

We need to repent for committing a sin.
---Samuel on 6/18/10

John 14:30 //Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me// One meaning of repentance given by the Lord to me is that we empty ourselves of evil seeds/plants by repenting AND this denies the evil-one the opportunity to accuse us before God.
---Adetunji on 6/18/10

Without having to dig, my mind is not working very well today. I'll tell you what I do. Now, what was the question? Let me look and see. OKey, definition is first. I am sorry my Father in the name of Jesus, and I really mean it. Now, that is a good definiton, just not a theological one. When TO ASK? When it comes to my mind at least once or twice a day, depending on how rotten I've been lately....I just gave you the how mixed in with the when, so I don't need to give you anymore! Hallelujah, Thank You Jesus. Ahh....Note: WORKS FOR ME.
---catherine on 4/20/10

What is your definition of repent? When should we repent? for what? and how?

Repent is to turn away from sin.
We should repent after we have confessed
(agree with God that we have sinned)
We should confess and repent for specific sins. Example for adultery, murder, coveting.

Instead of just saying forgive me for my sins, we should say forgive me for adultery.
And then we should do all we can to go ans sin no more.

we can do ALL things thorugh God who strengthens us, and that includes obedience to Gods laws.
---francis on 4/20/10

Repentance is a life-style.

It's a CONSTANT change of mind and heart, not just a once-for-all thing.
---Cluny on 4/16/10

In my opinion this is by far the best description of repentance!
---HappyLDS on 4/17/10

"Repent" means to "Return" to the Lord, and "Righten" yourself. Get right with God. Always and at all times. Anything that is wrong you make amends. If you have anything against your brother, then Go make it right with him and afterward come again to offer your offering to God, for how can you offer your holy servitude to God when you are harboring anything against another? There are many types of repentance, if it is money, then pay your debt back, if it is another grudge, then make it right, apologize, offer a gift, an invite, a prayer. Please Read- Ezek.18:4-9,21-23,27-32+ 33:14-20. If you need God's forgiveness then you need to repent directly to him, and you do this through real humble prayer, and fasting.
---Eloy on 4/17/10

On another tack. Similar but different from the last tack....

How can you seriously ask a question about the the right time to repent? Meaning I did some stuff I know I should not have done, knew it when it did it and maybe I won't 'confessed it' or talk about it right now, and most importantly I won't ask the people or persons I hurt for forgivenness (can't find them and I would move to top of crazy list if I did). Maybe I can just skip those I hurt and ask 'god' for 'forgiveness' and the 'hell' thing won't happen. But in gaming terms that is a 'cheat'. It's an easy out.

Hurt people and then ask a third party (god)to forgive you, send you to heaven, and not burn in hell? That's a stretch.
---atheist on 4/17/10


I agree. Per your terms, we should wake up repenting.
---atheist on 4/17/10

When we were babes in Christ, we established a "foundation of repentance" with works of righteousness (we "repented" by doing "works" of righteousness), but in order to grow spiritually, we must move on to a mature relationship/devotion so that JESUS ONLY becomes our foundation instead of REPENTANCE being our foundation.....(our works were righteous, but "works" are "DEAD", in the new covenant, they are spiritually meaningless).

So, for spiritual growth in Jesus (maturity in Christ), JESUS ONLY must be our "foundation", not "the bible" or pastors or "REPENTANCE" and works of righteousness, but Christ alone must be our foundation (the "cornerstone").
---more_excellent_way on 4/17/10

Repentance is a life-style.

It's a CONSTANT change of mind and heart, not just a once-for-all thing.
---Cluny on 4/16/10

repent,to become aware that something you said or dod,or something you didn,t say or do was wrong,as far as when IMMESIATELY,and to God first,and anyone affected.
---tom2 on 4/16/10

God & His salvation plan in Ats 2 v 38, it says repent First. (Repent of Godly sorrow, what you had done & said to God even people that was out of line what you said or even done.)
I repent every day, in the morn & the evening.
Why? If go out to my vehickle then to see there's a flat tire or tires, my resopnce may be, oh dear God. If I said that with an off-color way, I need to repent for my actions.
Even your reaction to others if they wronged you that was not right, you need to go to them & asked for forgiveness, repent to God & say I'm wrong for what I've done. Scripture says to give God thanks in all things. That is hard to do some times.
---Lawrence on 4/16/10

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What is your definition of repent? to turn from your focus on sin (human and individual) to a focus on Jesus (repent does not mean to ask for forgiveness)

When should we repent? whenever we are convicted by the Holy Spirit

for what? for our sin condition and my individual sins: past, present, and future

and how? by thanking the Holy Spirit for convicting us for our sin condition and my individual sins: past, present, and future, asking the Holy Spirit to renew my mind, asking Jesus to keep revealing myself to me, and thanking the Father for His Provision for the human sin condition.

Please don't try to convince me that once I did it, I do not need to anymore. If you think that, it is well with my soul.
---aka_joseph on 4/16/10

As I understand it, you do to be "saved", live with "God" in "Heaven" forever so as to not burn in "Hell" forever.

Given my experience with fire "Hell" is something to be avoided. Living forever seems of questionable value given the possiblity of perpetual boredom, unless it is accompanied with eternal euphoria, which seems a little hedonistic.

Being "saved" I take it allows you to be forgiven your "sins" which to me means things you've done something to hurt other people. But you getting "saved" doesn't undo the hurt, so the whole idea seems quite self-centered and selfish.

Wouldn't it be better to just try not to hurt others and help them?
---atheist on 4/16/10

According to Holy Scriptures and the Holy Fathers, repentance (metanioa) is a "change of mind" or attitude. God is the author of repentance, which is a integral part of Holy Baptism, Confession, and the ongoing spiritual life. It is a firm determination to turn away from sin to a new life of righteousness in Jesus Christ (Ezk 18:31, Mt 4:17, 2 Pt 3:9, 1 Jn 1:9). We should repent daily!

"Examine yourself daily in the sight of God, and discover which of the passions (anger, pride, lust, envy, gluttony, avarice, sloth, etc) is in your heart. Cast it out, and so escape His judgment" (Saint Isaiah the Solitary, On Guarding the Intellect).

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 4/16/10

"Through repentance the flit of our foul actions is washed away. After this, we participate in the Holy Spirit, not automatically but according to the faith, humility and inner disposition of the repentance in which our whole soul is engaged [...] For this reason it is good to repent each day, in accordance with the commandment that tells us to do this, for the words, ,Repent for the kingdom of heaven has drawn near' (Matt 3:2), indicate that the act of repentance is unending" (St. Symeon the New Theologian, Practical and Theological Texts, 74).

Without confession and repentance, there is no forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

In IC.XC.,
---Ignatius on 4/16/10

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Well, you can repent from "sin"....

....but there is no longer any such thing as spiritual (soul damaging) sin.

...or you can repent from "wrongdoing" (but if you are peaceful and just, how can you be still doing things that are truly wrong?).

You can repent from being a couch potato....NAHH!

...or you can be righteous and not need repentance....

Luke 15:7
"there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance".
---more_excellent_way on 4/16/10

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