"The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!" Mark 1:15
Many times we confuse repentance and sorrow. Sorrow is regret or grief over a decision that has been made. Repentance is more that just regret or grief. It is turning away from sin and turning to God for forgiveness. Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 7:10, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." Jesus called us to repent and to believe the good news. The good news is that God loves us and sent His Son to forgive us and to redeem us. 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." Confession is part of repentance. Believing is part of repentance. We must admit our sin before God, take ownership of it. We must repent, or turn away from sin and turn to God, and ask Him to forgive us. He is faithful and just, and He will forgive us. He will also purify and cleanse us and give us new life. Forgiveness, purification, and new life sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Why not repent and believe the good news today?