2 Corinthians 7 : 10
Paul taught the church at Corinth the importance of repentance. The call to repentance always brings forth change in our hearts and therefore in our lives. To repent means to make an about face and head in the other direction. When God calls for repentance in our lives, there is a reason for the call. Sometimes we may find ourselves headed in the wrong direction in life. Three words describe the process of repentance.
Recognition comes as we study the Word of God for guidance and direction in our lives. We study the Scripture and learn what God identifies as sin. The Holy Spirit convicts us what is right and what is wrong in regards to our thoughts and actions. Until we acknowledge that our actions are wrong, we won’t see any real need to confess them to the Lord. We must be willing to slow down and take time to seek, study, and evaluate God’s truth in regards to the attitudes and practices in our lives. It usually does not take a long time to realize that God is dealing with your heart regarding specific things in your life.
How has God’s Spirit and His Word convicted you in your life?
Do we tend to deny and delay action in these matters?
Be honest with yourself and be honest with God.
Next, we must agree with the Lord’s assessment of our behavior. Without agreement with God, our confession would be more about the consequences of our sin rather than genuine remorse over violating and disobeying God’s Holy standard for our lives. A person who is only sorry that they were caught in a wrong is a person who cares more about what people think than what God thinks. Worldly sorrow brings death, however Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. To confess means to agree with God that He is right and that He loves you enough to share His best for your wellbeing including His Holy Son who died for your sins. Godly confessing brings forgiveness and cleansing to our souls. (1 John 1:9)
To agree with God calls us to yield our lives unto Him.
Do you trust God?
We should feel free to share our inmost thoughts and to confess when we have make mistakes. Always remember we all make mistakes. (At least 1/year or more)
Finally, commitment is also necessary. We must dedicate ourselves to turning away from sin by choosing to walk obediently in the manner and lifestyle God commands. God wants us to know He will empower us to do so. Remember, that Christ promises us that He will set us free and you will be free indeed. (John 8:36) This means that when you belong to Jesus, He will empower you to change permanently and you will be liberated from the bondage that enslaves you. Therefore, repent fully so you can experience the abundant life for which you were created.