Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
Here we have the apostle Peter's repeated message, "Repent."(1) The repentance Peter preaches results in the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, we must ask, what is this repentance? Is it being remorseful or sorry for what one has done? Is it a turning around or a change of mind? The repentance of which Peter speaks is one that leads to conversion. It is a turning "to" more than a turn "from."
Many people repent of their deeds without receiving eternal forgiveness of sins. The drunkard may stop drinking, the thief may stop stealing and the liar may stop lying, but these in themselves do not lead to the forgiveness that only Christ can give. The key to Peter's preaching on repentance is conversion; and only Christ can do that.
We are not only to turn from our sins, but we are to turn to Christ. To turn to Christ is to turn from sin. This turning brings a time of refreshing---a cleansing from sin.