Nature of repentance

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Scripture stresses the necessity of repentance from sin if individuals and communities are to have full fellowship with God. It also uses the term to refer to God’s relenting of sending judgment on his people, usually in response to human repentance.

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Repentance is a requirement for fellowship with God

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Repentance involves turning from sin

Sorrow for sin

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Confession of sin

Luke 15:17–19 ESV
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.” ’
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Forsaking specific sins

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Making appropriate restitution


Repentance involves turning to God

Faith in God

Isaiah 30:15 ESV
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,
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Ezekiel 18:21–23 ESV
“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?
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Repentance demonstrated by actions

Acts 26:20 ESV
but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.
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Repentance must be sincere

Jeremiah 3:10 ESV
Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to me with her whole heart, but in pretense, declares the Lord.”
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The repentance of God

Jeremiah 26:3 ESV
It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds.
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