I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned and done this evil in Your sight – that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when You judge (Psalm 51:3-4).

Dogs bark, mice eat cheese, and fish swim. Each follows its nature. A person also follows his nature. Human nature, ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, has been to rebel against God. The human heart does naturally what it loves: it sins!

Only after God creates a new heart within a person, does he truly understand the nature of his own sin. Only then can he despise that sin and to turn to God. It is only through the new birth that anyone comprehends the holiness of God and the vileness of man’s sinful nature.

When the prophet Nathan pointed out David’s sin to him, David did what a person after God’s own heart does: he repented. Repentance isn’t knowing you’ve done something hurtful and saying “sorry”. Repentance happens when the Holy Spirit reveals the sinfulness of your heart and changes your mind about your sin.

Psalm 51 reveals David’s heart. His repentance doesn’t mean that he became sinless; only Jesus was sinless. Repentance means that David hated the sin he’d committed against God.

As we read and study God’s Word, He speaks to our heart and reveals where we are out of tune with Him. Faithful Bible study creates a heart sensitive to a life of continual repentance.


3 thoughts on “Repentance

  1. specialkay528

    So if a person repents from a sin they committed and had been committing more than once, what happens when the person does the same sin again that they just repented for? Could it be that the person didn’t truly repent the first time and the fell into that sin again?

    1. Thank you for your question. Repentance doesn’t mean that we stop sinning. To stop sinning would require either that we become God or we stop living. Repentance is a change of mind or heart about your sin. Repentance is recognizing your sin for what it is: rebellion against God, and pursuing His will instead. No one is sinless but Jesus. As long as you are in this world you will continue to sin, but Jesus is our Advocate, the One who pleads His own sacrifice against our sins (1 Jn 2:1).

      Satan loves to point out our sins to us and we make one of three responses: (1) We deny or ignore our sin and the horridness of it, thereby accepting it as “just the way we are”; (2) We wallow in it in self-pity, rejecting God’s grace and forgiveness through faith in Jesus; or (3) We confess that we have sinned and humbly, but joyfully, accept Christ’s perfect sacrifice on our behalf (1 Jn 1:9). This third option is repentance.

      Christians live in continual repentance because we continually sin. What separates the Christian from the unbeliever is that we acknowledge and hate our sin. At the same time, we rejoice in God, whose grace is greater than all of our sins.

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