Repentance is deep contrition of mind and spirit over one's spiritual condition, combined with resolve to change what one is and does. The goodness of God leads one to repentance, which begins when God enables one to see himself in comparison to Him. Only then can one acknowledge that he is a sinner in need of forgiveness. Repentance is the first step in reconciliation with God. It moves one to confess his sin, and with deep desire, conform his life to God's will as revealed in the Holy Bible. Repentance occurs, not just once, but continuously as we grow in the knowledge of God.

Scripture References:
Jeremiah 17:9;   Matthew 9:13;   II Corinthians 7:9-11;   Romans 2:4;   II Timothy 2:25;   Acts 20:21;   Luke 13:3, 5;   Psalm 51;   Mark 1:15;   Luke 24:47;   Acts 2:37-38; 3:19; 11:18;