How to Repent – Six Steps to Follow
Feel Godly Sorrow
The first step towards repentance is to recognize that you have sinned
against God and his commandments. This realization should therefore make
you feel deep sorrow within you for what you have done against God and
the trouble you might have caused other people as a result of your
wrongdoings. David said
“For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin” (Psalm 38:18)
is important to note, however, that sorrow is a mere prelude to
repentance and not repentance itself. If a man feel deep sorrow within
himself without making up his mind to forsake that sin and turn to God,
that sorrow is useless (Hebrew 12:17).
Confess to God
The second step of repentance is confession. With the realization that
you have sinned, you need to open up to God what you have done by
telling him what you have done. You will also need to tell him that you
deserve to be punished but he should have mercy. If necessary, you may
also confess to your pastor or a minister of God. In that case a good
minister of God will counsel you and also pray with you. The scripture
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Proverb 28:13).
Ask for Forgiveness
The third step in repentance is to ask for forgiveness. Because you
have sinned against God, you will need to pray for God to forgive you of
your sins. More importantly, you will also need to forgive others who
have wronged you. The scripture says “
“For if ye forgive men their
trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye
forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15)
Apart from that you also need to forgive yourself of all these
wrongdoings. Many have committed suicide for their inability to forgive
themselves of their sin and thereby spent their eternity in hell.
This involves rectifying the problems caused by your sins or wrongdoings as much as possible.
“And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.” (Exodus 22:12)
If you have
caused an irreparable damage, then sincerely ask forgiveness of those
wronged and try to find another way to show that you are truly sorry.
Forsake Your Sin
A man who asks for forgiveness for a sin and return to commit the same
again is unwise and has not truly repented. The important subject of
repentance rests on ability to forsake. God is actually interested in
anyone who is ready to forsake his sins. The scripture says
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
To do this
you need to promise God that you will not repeat such sin again. Also
you need to make determination in your heart not go back into it again.
You can also pray to God to help you forsake your sins.
Receive Forgiveness into Your Heart
You need to hold on to the word of God who has promised to forgive you if you truly repented.
“If my people, which
are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Chronicles 7:14)