Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).
Through the years I have heard the word REPENT used to mean “I’m sorry, I regret what I did, I’m asking forgiveness, I’m confessing my wrongs.” While all of these aspects may be present in repentance, none of them fully define repentance. Repent means “to turn around or to change.” The idea is turning from the wrong and turning toward the right. It is possible to be sorry and not repent (2 Corinthians 7:10), but it is not possible to repent without changing and turning from wrong. Similarly, CONVERT means to change from one thing to another. In the spiritual sense it means to be changed from a sinner to a saint, from lost to saved. Make no mistake, the blotting out of sins and refreshing comes from God and Him alone, but the repentance and conversion must come from within us.
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