In Acts 11:18, we read that God granted “repentance unto life” to those who sought His forgiveness, accepted
Christ, and were converted. The Lord is not willing that any should perish.
The apostle Paul speaks of “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus said, “There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” He did not say that there is rejoicing over any sinner who merely believes in Christ without repenting and receiving Him. Many scriptures show us that repentance always precedes saving faith. Nothing is saving faith that does not believe “unto righteousness,” for “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” Even John Calvin wrote, “It is faith alone which justifies, and still the faith which justifies is not alone. Ears, feet, and hands are given to us at the same time that our eyes are, yet it is the office of the eye alone to see.” In like manner, repentance, love, obedience are the veritable companions of faith.
by Mrs. F. F. Bosworth n.d.
When they heard these things, they were silent and glorified God, saying, Then God has also granted repentance to life to the nations.
testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
But to those first in Damascus, and Jerusalem, and to all the country of Judea, and to the nations, I made known the command to repent and to turn to God, doing works worthy of repentance
For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses unto salvation.
Father, please help me to understand and embrace true repentance so that, should it ever be necessary to repent once more of any fresh infraction, I’ll be quick to do it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.