Repentance: there is a lot of error within Christendom today. One of such says that a child of God is free to engage in sin – he/she must just ensure they repent afterwards. Funnily, someone thinks that if God asked man to forgive his fellow man 70×7 times a day, then He(God) must be ready to forgive us much much more than that. A lot of believers are on the ride of their lives and God is right there at the back seat; and after they engage in sin, they turn their heads to the side and ask God for forgiveness.
Repentance means a U-Turn from sin. If you continue to commit sin, you have not repented. You are only deceiving yourself. You commit a sin and tell God you are sorry; then you commit it again and come and say you are sorry again; then you do it again the third time and come again with another “I’m sorry plea”. Such a person who keeps on sinning and asking for forgiveness is not a sincere-repenter. True repentance must be accompanied by Godly sorrow. For example, Peter, after his denial of Jesus went and wept. Judas after he betrayed Jesus also repented. He returned the thirty pieces of silver he was paid to the chief priests and elders, saying he had betrayed innocent blood. The difference between Judas and Peter was that Judas’ godly sorry made him hang himself, while Peter’s godly sorrow worked out his restoration.
Some Christians refrain from adultery because of HIV/Aids, and not because they fear God and do not want to commit sin. Some discontinue stealing because they are afraid they will get caught one day. These reasons do not constitute godly sorrow. Godly sorrow will make you to realize you are living a life contrary to God’s purpose of creating you and then you decide to live a life that pleases him henceforth. Godly sorrow will make you more careful, arouse a holy anger and zeal not to return to that sin for which you had repented. Godly sorrow will increase your fear of God and your obedience to Him.
Thoughts: the fear of God is the foundation of genuine conversion.