Change Is So Much More


Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. — Acts 2:38-39

Peter's call to repentance here is a theme that repeats throughout the book of Acts. And while there are important things that follow, like forgiveness, baptism, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit — it all beings with one word, repentance.

But I have found many misunderstand what this word means and thus miss out on all the benefits.

Repentance is not to be confused with confession. Now, confession is a part of repentance, but it only captures part of the action. When we make a confession what we are acknowledging is wrongdoing. And in confession, we verbalize this wrongdoing to the person we always offend — God. But really confession is just acknowledging something God already knows. God is not surprised by our sin when we confess it to him, rather he wants us to verbalize and acknowledge the wrong we have done to him. And this is a component of repentance. But repentance is more.

The word repentance involves two additional components. The first component is a genuine feeling of remorse. In other words, repentance is never something that can be coerced or manufactured. When a person repents they will feel genuine guilt. The second component is a permanent change of action. Repentance is followed by a decision to discontinue a bad behavior forever and initiate new ones in its place. It is not a feeling of guilt devoid of action.

But here is the tricky part. The only person that can repent is you. While confession can be coerced and manufactured, repentance cannot. Only an individual can embrace remorse. Only an individual can change their course of action. But when you do — this is repentance. And when done, it results in some pretty spectacular things — a public display of commitment in baptism, forgiveness by God, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

So what is a feeling of guilt weighing on you? Have you considered a change of action? Let's repent together!

ASK THIS: What feeling of guilt do you need to confess and what change of action is needed in your life today? (Share it in the comments below)

DO THIS: Share your decision below by completing this statement — "God I repent of..."

PRAY THIS: God, I repent of...

PLAY THIS: I Surrender.


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18 thoughts on “Change Is So Much More

  1. Eddie Ackerman says:

    God, I repent of my anger towards others and ask that You replace it with Your love for others. Amen.

  2. David J says:

    God I repent of my lack of patience and my desire to always be in control. You are the one in control.

  3. Ty Hankel says:

    Turn and run
    Repent from sin
    I like all the other comments. No sugar coating or relabeling sin trying to justify it
    Right to the point

  4. Darin Palmer says:

    God, I repent of my thinking I have to always be strong and can never have a bad day or a bad morning. I was reminded two weeks ago that life will have its ups and downs but you are always constant and are always with me, no matter what kind of a day I’m having!

  5. Cory B says:

    God, I repent of my apathy. I am truly remorseful and I have changed greatly. Unfortunately, the change has not been permanent. Every once in awhile, the temptation and sin will creep in for a day or two before I can get back on track. Lord, please help me to make this change permanent. In Jesus’s name, amen. 🙏

  6. Dennis James says:

    I love this Vince. I hear Pastors everywhere saying revival is coming but what they are not preaching is that there is no revival without repentance! Also God’s word cautions us that if we do not repent , we will perish in Luke 13:3 also in Revelation 2:5 If you do not repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from it’s place.
    These are just two examples that if we do not REPENT we risk everything!

  7. David says:

    Lord, I repent of my lustful thoughts and masterbation with a desire to allow You of Lord to help heal me !

    • Ed says:

      Praying with you brother in Christ
      You are not alone! “Lord, I pray for David! We resist this satanic perversion of your great gift of sex. We pray in the righteousness that’s found under the blood of Jesus!” Lord, forgive our sins first against you and give us renewed focus and love towards those we are married to if we are married and purity and patience to those that are not. You are a great god and we thank you for your patience, grace, and mercy. We praise you and thank you for your perfect love”

  8. Sam says:

    Dear Lord you know my sin and my guilt from it. Please do not let me backslide and give me the strength to overcome it.

  9. Sheldon says:

    My feelings of unworthiness when i stand before a group of people to declare the word of God, but thanks to our great God and savior Jesus for declaring me righteous through His death on the cross.

    • John C. Gautreau, II says:

      Taylor, you speak for me and most likely all of us. Lord I know you forgive my sin of lust, help me fell stronger and use the Spirit I received in Baptism 66 years ago to change.

    • David says:

      Take courage brother, It’s a real strong hold: but God is able to give us the victory, ican relate to your battle

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