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#6. HOW TO REPENT OF SINS

Greek Word Study on μετανοέω, metanoeo, 'to repent'
Greek Word Study on μετάνοια, metanoia, 'repentance'

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Introduction 6

We have already shown the need for repentance (See #4), and that it is a co-operative process between God and man (See #5), and now we are going to look at what we do to repent. Only by God's grace is repentance granted to us, because "the goodness of God leads you to repentance" (Romans 2:4), but when it is offered we must do our part: "God commands all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30). This bible study gives nine steps to repentance, and answers the question, 'How do I repent of Sins?'. It could have been ten, or twelve, or more by breaking it down into smaller elements, but the essence of what is needed is here. The first step is what should motivate you to repent, and steps two to seven are to do with removing sin, and the desire to sin, from our heart. This involves the crucifixion of "our old man" (Romans 6:6, Ephesians 4:22), the death of our spiritual "self" (Galatians 2:20), and requires serious and deliberate intention on our behalf. It seem impossible that anyone will ever do this by accident. Steps eight and nine are to do with renewing our spirit and establishing it with the word of God. They will ensure the growth and the establishment of "the new man" (Ephesians 4:24), which is the spirit of Christ in us: "put on the Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 13:14), building us up in faith and love. If you are a Christian who has struggled with sin in your Christian walk, making the same mistakes over and over again, then this study on how to repent is of the utmost importance to you. A true repentance will break your spiritual chain and set you free. It will set in motion "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:4) which will set you free from the law of sin and death. The more you become like Jesus, the less sin will be a problem in your life. This process of repentance will take you through that transformation, but be warned, it is no quick fix. True repentance is a slow ongoing process, dealing with each sin in your life as God reveals them to you. Total and utter destruction of each sin is what is required.

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