This topic should speak to everyone. We all have sin in our lives and all of us require repentance. Unfortunately, sometimes we only feel remorse for our actions and we don't genuinely repent. The Bible speaks over and over about repentance. As I studied about it, I was overwhelmed with all the verses that touched upon the subject. I loved several of the verses in the book of Luke which there were over a dozen verses in that book alone. Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 13:3 " I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Luke 15:7 "I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
- Repentance is a change of thought to correct a wrong and gain forgiveness from a person who is wronged. It typically includes an admission of guilt, a promise or resolve not to repeat the offense; an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible.
- Remorse is an emotional expression of personal regret felt by a person after he or she has committed an act which they deem to be shameful, hurtful, or violent.
I want to share a beautiful prayer from David-
(David was a man after God's own heart, who had tremendous sin in his life):
"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me." Psalm 51: 1-12