Repentance in the Believer’s Life

Proverbs 28:13

Is repentance necessary in the life of the believer? Yes. And we see this critical truth in 1 John 1:9, which says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Now, repentance isn’t mentioned in that verse. But let’s take a closer look.

Remember, “to repent” simply means to change your mind. For unbelievers, this refers to a decision about where to find security. But for believers, it involves a change of heart in behavior or attitude. Repentance is an ongoing decision to lead an obedient, Christ like life.

In 1 John, this choice is represented by the word confess, which originally meant “agree with.” In other words, if you confess your wrongdoing to God, you’re coming into agreement with Him about that sin. Here, confession isn’t a matter of salvation. It means to allow God to continually reform your mind and mold you more and more into the image of His Son.

God absolutely hates sin. So if you agree with Him about sin, then you’re changing your mind about the disobedience in your life. Thoughts, attitudes, and actions that once seemed perfectly natural will no longer fit who you are. As God continues to work in your life, your mind will gradually reject old thought patterns. You’ll more closely represent His way of thinking.

Is there sin in your life that has become too much to bear? Confess it to God. Allow Him to change your mind about it today


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