Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” Matthew 4:17
It’s fascinating to me that Jesus started His ministry with the very word that people had heard John the Baptist say: “Repent.” The message is the same today as when John and Jesus gave it.
I used to think that to repent was to simply say “sorry.” I would cry out to God that “I didn’t mean to do something, or say whatever had caused offence,” but then I would get caught up in life again and could repeat the same process!
How many of you have done the same thing?
We need to realise that when we say sorry, there needs to be change. Repentance means to “change one’s mind” and therefore it can no longer be a token gesture to appease another person but as a follower of Christ it is a life-changing process, that no-one can deny you are sorry.