QUESTION: WHAT IS REPENTANCE?
Study References: Matthew 4:17, Acts 3:19, Romans 2:4.
Some people understand repentance to mean “turning from sin.” In the Bible, the word repent means "a change of mind", a change of the intention from wanting to sin to not wanting to sin, this results in a change in action.
It involves the decision to make a change of behavior or attitude about something. Biblically, repentance means to turn from sin with a heartfelt desire to change and not do it again. Of course, desiring to never sin again and actually not sinning again aren't always the same thing. We Christians often fail in our war with our sin (Rom. 7:19).
We may have remorse over it and honestly, desire to not commit sin again, but sometimes because of our human nature and our profound weakness, we often fail to completely carry out our repentance. Nevertheless, by the grace of God, we are able to turn to Him yet again and receive the cleansing that is guaranteed through Christ.
This does not mean that it is okay to go out and seek a sin and then try to repent of it later.
There is a difference between an honest struggle (which is a sign of regeneration) and a casual attitude about committing a sin so that a person can repent later (a sign of not being regenerate).