Why Is Repentance So Important?

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

As a believer, you know that lasting transformation can only begin with repentance. God’s promise of that transformation makes repentance important in and of itself.

Still, a lot of people find the act of repentance scary or intimidating.

Fortunately, repentance doesn’t always require an emotional, tear-filled outcry—it is simply a desire on your part to change.

Sounds easy, right? Because of God’s love, it can be. But also keep in mind that since God isn’t moved by tears unless He has full access to your heart, you must first desire this change deep within your heart.

Your Heart Must Bear Fruit

The test of repentance, ultimately, is fruit. John the Baptist wasn’t overly impressed when some of the religious leaders came to him for baptism. Rather, he challenged them to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8).

In other words, while your mind may desire repentance, it is your heart that must offer the fruit to demonstrate your commitment to change.

Here are three steps you can take to search your heart:

1.  Make a list of past promises you’ve made to the Lord, but failed to keep. What caused you to fail to meet those goals? Were you speaking to Him from your heart?

2.  Paul says in Romans 12:2 that we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. How does your mind need to be renewed and transformed? Have you lifted those needs in prayer?

3.  Spend time talking to God about repentance by expressing your gratitude to Him for the gift of His Son.

Regardless of what you are asking from the Lord, find comfort in knowing that above all else, He desires a relationship with you.

How Strong Is Your Relationship with Him?

If it’s been a while since you’ve repented before the Lord, click on the link below to ask Him to live in your heart as you seek forgiveness.

I Want to Build on My Relationship with the Lord