Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The greek word, μετανοώ, is mentioned (21) times in the new testament. Strong’s defines the word as, “to repent, to change any or all of the elements composing one’s life: attitude, thoughts, and behaviors concerning the demands of God for right living.” According to this, repenting is a little more involved than just an “I’m sorry.” It requires us to completely change the offending attitude, thought, and/or behavior. This screams at me the reason we are told to “bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
How many times have you wronged someone in a way and uttered the words, “I’m sorry” without changing any element of your life to correct the situation? I know, I have. I spent years saying the words but never having the action to fortify those words. I would lie and manipulate. I would expect those (2) words to be more than enough. I would scream, “I said I’m sorry already,” more than a few times. Sorry, sorry doesn’t cut it.
According to Scripture, for us to truly repent to God, we are required to change any or all of the elements that are offending to God. The same can be said of our human relationships. I can say that is not easy as we are creatures of habit and we love to be stuck in the same mundane unhealthy and non-spiritual routines, day in and day out. We can be happy sitting in our own filth, eating ourselves to death, or not even bathing if it becomes a normal routine for us. We accept not praying, not doing our devotions, not spending time in the word of God, not tithing, or not going to church.
In the 1800s, revivals would take place. Mind you, they weren’t planned revivals like you hear of today. No, they weren’t planned at all. The people would just show up and feel a nudging to show up, there would be a stirring among-st the crowd that would bring people to their knees repenting. We need revivals today. We need people to just show up. We need the Holy Spirit to move across a town, city, county, state, and country. Let’s make it easy and just start with you. Sure, you may be saying to yourself, of course we need this but how do we make it happen. It’s simple. I’ve been talking about it this whole post…Repent.
Repentance brings about a spirit and attitude that is contagious. Repentance brings freedom in Christ. Repent before God. Don’t just say you’re sorry, change your behavior as not to do it again. Remember, saying I’m sorry does not equal repenting. Commit to abiding in Christ and make it happen. Then begin bearing the fruits of repentance and bless those that God places in your life. Your life will be filled with joy no matter the circumstances.
 Matthew 3:2, ESV
 James Strong, 2001, The strongest Strong’s exhaustive concordance of the Bible / James Strong. – 21st century ed., full rev. and corrected / by John R. Kohlenberger III and James A. Swanson.
 Matthew 3:8, ESV