Repentance, Ceasing from sin

As Christians, our saying “I am sorry”, or saying “I will stop”, is not in any way ( REPENTING ). The only thing you are doing, is saying that you have a desire to (REPENT).
When we are continually committing the same sin, doing the same things over and over that we would like to stop, we then have feelings of being defeated, unloved by God, or even abandoned by Him, because of our sin, that seemingly cannot be overcome.

But the truth of the matter is, we have not (REPENTED) at all, even though we have sought it with tears.
We have not Repented until we have turned away from, turned around from, what so easily besets us.

In Jesus words:
Joh 8:11
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

The following words define our feelings, which have been CONFUSED with the defining of the word REPENT.
These words stem from the word Repent, as found in the KJV, and as defined in the Strongs Concordance.
Words that are all linked to the definition of REPENT.
Even though we my have these feelings, we truly have not REPENTED, until we have (CEASED FROM SINNING). REPENTANCE is not a FEELING, it is an ACTION.
All of these feelings are the prompting by the Holy Spirit, that what we are doing is wrong, it is the wittiness in our spirit, that we need to stop.

Jas 4:7
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

By SUBMITTING yourself to God, that is the act of REPENTANCE, the actual stopping of the sin.
It is needful to understand at this point the work has already been accomplished for you.

The second part is the RESISTING, this is the hard part, it is totally dependent upon your faith in God, this is the ACTION part of your REPENTANCE, this is where you actively play a role, it says that “YOU” are the one that needs to do the resisting. ie, (Resist the Devil)

Remember this one fact, you are the one that walked into this sin, therefore you are the one that will have to do the walking away from it. This is accomplished only through your RESISTANCE to it.
We cannot say “the Devil made me do it.”

Jas 1:14
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of (HIS OWN LUST), and enticed.

In submitting to God, and your resistance to the Devil, you then achieve the desired goal, REPENTANCE.

The Following, are words that are equated with REPENTANCE, these words, are what make us feel as though we have REPENTED, but the truth of the matter is, they are only feelings.

To think differently or reconsider, (morally to feel Compunction)

To care afterwards, that is, regret, (Compunction)
1) A feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong. See – (Remorse)
2) Any uneasiness or hesitation about the rightness of an action.
3) A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt.
4) A sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or the prospect of wrongdoing. See – (Qualm)
1) (Qualm) – An uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct;
2) (Compunction) – A sudden feeling of apprehensive uneasiness. Sincere (Penitence or Remorse)
3) (Contrition) – Sorrow for, and Detestation of sin with a true purpose of amendment.
4) (Remorse) – Deep and painful regret for wrongdoing;
5) (Penitence) – The state of being Penitent; regret for one’s wrongdoing or sinning; Moral anguish, bitter regret.

As you can see, all of those words are in no way REPENTING. They are what we feel, as we find our way to our REPENTANCE.

REPENT – The Definition:
Remember most of all, if you are a Christian, having been overcome by a sin, you “HAVE” already been forgiven your past sins, by the blood of Jesus, and sin is not imputed to those who are in Christ Jesus.

Rom 5:13
(For until the law sin was in the world: but (SIN IS NOT IMPUTED WHERE THERE IS NO LAW).

Psa 32:2
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD (IMPUTETH NOT INIQUITY), and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Rom 7:4
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become (DEAD TO THE LAW) by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Rom 8:1 There is therefore now (NO CONDEMNATION) to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Our forgiveness (IS NOT CONDITIONAL), don’t condemn yourself, God doesn’t.
If you “ARE” in Christ Jesus, then you “DO” walk in the Spirit. We may from time to time, not walk as we want to walk, but this does not mean you have ceased from being a Child of God.

Rom 8:16,17 16)
16) The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that (WE ARE THE CHILDREN) of God:
17) (AND IF CHILDREN), then heirs; heirs of God, and (JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST); if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Heb 4:15
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points (TEMPTED LIKE AS WE ARE), yet without sin.

Gal 3:27
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ (HAVE PUT ON CHRIST).
We have become righteous through Jesus.

Rom 3:22
Even the (RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD) which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and (UPON ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE): for there is no difference:

1Co 1:30
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, (AND RIGHTEOUSNESS), and sanctification, and redemption:

So then, reckon yourselves to be DEAD, “DEAD to SIN”, DEAD to the LAW”, DEAD to the FLESH.”

Rom 6:1,2
1) What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2) God forbid. How shall we, that are (DEAD TO SIN), live any longer therein?

Rom 6:11
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be (DEAD INDEED TO SIN), but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 7:4
Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become (DEAD TO THE LAW) by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

Gal 2:19
For I through the law am (DEAD TO THE LAW), that I might live unto God.

Rom 8:3,4 3)
3) For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, (CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH):
4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, (WHO WALK NOT AFTER THE FLESH), but after the Spirit.

Rom 8:9
(BUT YOU ARE NOT IN THE FLESH), but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

After studying this question, I have come to the conclusion, “Repentance is only for the Believer.”
Once a person has received Salvation, they then can, or have the ability to Repent.

Heb 11:6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Rom 8:8
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

The act of Repentance entails the quality of Forgiveness, without the Forgiveness of God, there can be no Repentance.

Joh 8:11
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

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