“The kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
We were all born sinners and sin continues to be more than just a problem in our lives. We need to understand that our troubles are the consequences of our sins. Sin always carries a consequence. I’m tired of suffering the consequences for my sins, aren’t you? God has a cure, it’s called repentance.
God’s way of restoring harmony and our close fellowship with Him is repentance. Repentance means a sincere turning away, in both the mind and heart, from self to God. Repentance repairs relationships. Our relationship with God.
Just like David who said: “I have sinned against the Lord” (2 Samuel 12:13), we need to face the fact that we have sinned against God and we have offended God.
It is not right to feel sorrow over the fact that we got caught sinning, we should feel sorrow over our sin. True repentance involves regret.
“Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom” James 4:8-9. We need to be broken-hearted before God about our sins.
We repent, O God most merciful, for all our sins;
for every thought that was false or unjust or unclean;
for every word spoken that ought not to have been spoken;
and for every deed done that ought not to have been done;
We repent for every deed and word and thought inspired by selfishness,
and for every deed and word and thought inspired by hatred.
We repent most specially for every lustful thought and every lustful action;
for every lie; for all hypocrisy;
for every promise given but not fulfilled,
and for all slander and backbiting.
Most specially also, we repent for every action
that has brought ruin to others,
for every word and deed that has given others pain;
and for every wish that pain should befall others.
In Your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, O God,
for all these sins committed by us,
and to forgive us for our constant failures
to think and speak and act according to Your will.
Prayer of Repentance – Meher Baba – 1951