Using the wrong English words to define Greek words.

The word “Repentance” is an English word used to translate a Greek word that often relates to sin and what we are to do with it; however, it conveys a meaning that is not expressed by the Greek word. Repent means to feel remorseful or sorry. The Greek word literally means to change your mind. It does not inherently have in it a meaning of feeling remorse or being sorry for your actions.

So when Scripture states we are to repent, it is not saying we are to feel bad about our sin, but that we are to change our minds about our actions, which are sin. Feeling bad about what we are doing does not lead to ceasing that action, but when we change our minds it always leads to a change of actions.

Greek has a word for Remorse (Regret)

For the grief according to God works out a change of mind because of salvation without regret, but the grief of the world fully works out death – 2 Corinthians 7:10

The gracious gifts and calling from God are without remorse (regret) – Romans 11:29

Changing the Mind

Fact: Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day – 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. Believe this about Christ and God promised He would save you.

Prior to hearing these facts we did not believe this. Once we heard them we had a choice, we could change our minds and believe or we could reject the facts and keep on not believing. This is the Greek concept of repentance. It has nothing to do with feelings. It is simply a logical response to facts present that require we change our mind when presented with facts that are either contrary to what we are know or new information.

Don’t just feel bad about your sins, do something about them. Change your mind about doing them. Take the way of escape that God provides for you and have victory over the desires and sins that so easily overtake you. It is only hard when we try to do it ourselves.

If perhaps we confess (say the same thing) our sins, He is faithful and just in order that He should forgive us of our sins and cleans us from all unrighteousness – 1 John 1:9

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

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