Repentance is not simply asking God to forgive us, confessing we are sinners. It is to turn away from the things we do each day, things that are an offense to Christ. Adultery, fornication, lying, stealing, baring false witness, and the many other things we do.
We know when we are wrong; therefore, we are to confess these things. But when pride gets in the way, we often avoid repentance, which can lead to broken relationships. Jesus teaches, “Only the meek shall inhabit the earth” Meekness will often lead to repentance, and restored relationships.
In-order for us to restore the relationship between us and the Father, scripture told us, we must first be willing to confess our sins, turn from our wrongs, accept Jesus Christ, and forgive those who have offended us. These are the principles of the gospel, love, which will lead to repentance and forgiveness. “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”
Matthew 3:7-12 “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”