Repentance is the act of confessing your sins to the Lord and asking for forgiveness. In order to be a child of Christ, the first thing you must do is ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the very sins you are asking for forgiveness for, yet he rose from the dead. You confess that Jesus is Lord and savior. You must admit your sings, believe in your heart that Jesus is savior and confess that Jesus is Lord and Savior. God sees your heart.
I chose to focus on repentance today because I feel like I need to repent a lot. Even after you accept Christ as your savior and as much as you may love Jesus, we all still struggle with sin. Right now, I’m struggling with sexual sins and lust. I have prayed to God and asked for forgivness for struggling so much with this particularly sin and I’ve asked him to show me what he wants from me in this regard. I will go into details about my struggles in another post.
But, it’s important to repent. Even if you’re still struggling with the sin, you should still confess your sins to God and just be honest that you’re struggling. If you are struggling with something and don’t really want to stop, but you know it’s wrong confess THAT to God and ask God to help you to want to stop.
Sometimes, it’s easy to feel like because you know might make the same mistake and keep sinning that it’s no use confessing and you just sort of resign yourself to making the sin “okay,” but it’s important to always confess and repent for your sins and if it’s something you are personally struggling with bring that to God. If it’s something that is hurting or affecting someone else, bring that to God and also tell a trusted and mature Christian friend so that they can help you through your struggles.
Sometimes it’s necessary to pay restitution for your sins. Sins where you’ve hurt someone else (or yourself), or committed a major crime, may be the types of sins you need to pay restitution for and I’ve included a link below that gives some examples of those type of situations:
But regardless, every one must repent and confess their sins even if they’re still struggling with the same sin.
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy”