Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance. (Matthew 3:8)
There can be no repentance without change. Repentance is a turning from our former ways and deeds. In order for genuine repentance to occur, there must first be an understanding of the error of our ways. Secondly, there must be remorse, true sorrow for our actions. There must also be a new attitude, a purposeful changing of the mind. Before we can experience and bear fruits worthy of repentance, we are to understand that being sorry for getting caught in our sin is not repentance. Being sorry for our sin leads to repentance. Furthermore, confessing our sins leads to a right heart attitude toward those sins. I John 1:9 is such a powerful verse of scripture. It describes confession leading to God granting us repentance. It says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Here is where the fruits of repentance begin. Do you want to change? Start here.