In a biblical context, repentance is recognizing that our sin is offensive to God. Repentance can be shallow, such as the remorse we feel because of fear of punishment or it can be deep, such as realizing how much our sins cost Jesus the Christ and how his saving grace washes us clean. Many think the word repent means “to get your act together” or to “get religion”. Repentance requires taking in a whole new point of view; looking at it God’s way. God simply asks us to turn. This is the way we accept His gift. When we do, certain outcomes are promised. If we don’t, or we “turn back”, alternate outcomes are promised.
Simply put; Confess your sin, and mean it from your heart and don’t repeat it again.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The gift of his only begotten son the Messiah and Christ “Jesus”, allows us to be forgiven and saved from our sins.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
And they went out, and preached that men should repent.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
How Do I Repent? What is Repentance?