God is calling us all to repentance; the believer and the non-believer alike Jeremiah 3:12.
In the case of the believer, repentance doesn’t occur only on the day we raise our hands and accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, no. Repentance in the life of the believer happens on a daily basis because we (the true believers) seek God’s face every single day and before we go before His Throne in worship, we ask to be forgiven and be cleansed first, because God is Pure and He demands us to be pure as well.
When we go to God for forgiveness, let us not just tell Him “Father, forgive me my sins”. No, let us tell Him exactly what we did, not because He doesn’t know. He knows it all. He told Jeremiah what Israel did: “you have scattered your favours among strangers under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,” (Jeremiah 3:13). Also in the 2nd Chapter, God specifically mentions one by one what the Israelites did that displeased Him and told Jeremiah: but “let them come and acknowledge their wickedness and guilt”.
Furthermore, repentance is not just the art of confessing one’s sins. No, there is more to it. When we break down the definition of Repentance, it consists of the following steps:
- Change your inner self—your old way of thinking, this is the first step whereby you come into the realization of the things you’re doing that displeases God.
- Regret past sins = then you regret those things deeply and you Confess,
- Live your life in a way that proves repentance;
- Seek God’s purpose for your life
- Live from then on believing i.e with a deep, abiding trust in the good news regarding salvation.
Once we repent, we have to move on to the next step and so on and so forth. At the first step we are empty and need to be filled. If we are not feeding on the Word of God, Satan will come back for us, he will tell us we were better of living in this dark world. Let us not give him that chance!.