5. Not Just Knowing The Truth
Having an intellectual head-knowledge of truth does not necessarily guaranteethat the truth has become a living reality in one's life. Believing with the headand believing with the heart are different (see Romans 10:10). “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – andshudder. You foolish man, do you want further evidence that faith, withoutrighteous deeds is useless?” (Jas 2:19,20)
B. WHAT TRUE REPENTANCE IS
1. Being Sorry To God For Your Sin
True repentance is a sorrow not just toward one's self, or toward another person,but first and foremost it is true sorrow towards God. “Have mercy to me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to yourgreat compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity andcleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is alwaysbefore me. Against you, you only, have sinned and done what is evil in yoursight..” (Ps51:1-4). See also Psalms 38:8.
2. Being Truthful About Your Sin
“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity, I said 'Iwill confess my transgressions to the Lord' – and you forgave the guilt of mysin” (Ps 32:5). See also 1 John 1:9.
3. Turning Away From Your Sin
“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whosoever confesses andrenounces them finds mercy” (Prov 28:13).
4. Hating Sin
“Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore...God has anointedthee..” (Heb 1:9). “...and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done...” (Eze20:43,44).
5. When Possible, Paying Back To others What You Owe
“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look Lord! Here and now I givehalf of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount''' (Luke 19:8) See also Leviticus6:1-7).
C. WHAT REPENTANCE INVOLVES
1. Turning From Sin
“Don't be like your fathers were! The earlier prophets pled in vain with them toturn from all their evil ways. 'Come, return from all their evil ways. 'Come, returnto me,' the Lord God said. But no, they wouldn't listen; they paid no attention atall” (Zech 1:4 tlb). See also Galatians 5:19-21 and Ephesians 5:5.
2. Turning From The World
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