What is repentance? How do we repent?
Our first and true repentance take place in our hearts when we understand that we are sinners and lost for eternity without God. We repent not in agreement how during the centuries have this interpreted or invented by mere human beings, rather exclusively according to the Bible's teaching.
Repentance is not just a words: "I am sorry for what I have done or done not" and than go on living the old way of life. NO, true repentance is the action of mind, heart and soul. It is a change of mind, change of attitudes, thoughts and intentions towards God the Father and His Son. In one word it is a change of inner man.
Repentance involves acknowledgment that we have not lived in accordance with God's Word and have deeply hurt Him. True repentance means that we change our thinking by understanding who is Jesus, what He has done for us and why we need Him.
When we know/ understand that all our goodness, church attending, godly parents and the rest of morally and ethically good things are not able to save us; that they do not grant forgiveness and wherewith also Salvation, than we finally accept the way of God and repent, - that is turn away from the world (and ourselves) and turn to Him. We repent of trying to manage our lives living according to our own ways and understanding. We turn to Jesus and pronounce that He is the Lord and there is no other.
We come to Jesus with humble heart and tell Him (in your own words from all your heart) that we are sorry for living life without or against Him, and that now we accept Him as our perfect Saviour. Thank Him for suffering and dying on cross in our place. Give all our life into His hands. Make Him the Lord of our life by faith. Ask to forgive the sin, and teach us, and lead us into the truth. Ask Him to baptize us with His Spirit.
At the moment we wholehartedly ask to forgive us, He does forgives all our past, present and future sins and cleanses us by His blood constantly, which become a lifetime process called sanctification (2 Thessalonians 2:13). We learn to "walk in the light, as He is in the light... and the blood of Jesus purifies (sanctifies) us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The Holy Spirit comes upon us and indwells in us for ever (John 16:13, 14:17; John 14:26).
If there is somebody who can help you with this than fine, but you do not have to go anywhere or meet with anybody. It is only between you and God; although first you must hear the Gospel's message which you are hearing already now.
After your act of repentance you are truly saved and justified; you are declared "not guilty" (Romans 5:1).
You are now free from the power of sin, curse of the Law and Satan (Colossians 2:15).
As well it is good to know that God, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth, gives us the repentance, it is not from within us (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 2:25). We must to hear the Gospel and call on Him and ask for it, although there are many cases when God is speaking to people through circumstances and life events in order may they be saved. And I pray may they recognize it.
Open your heart and listen to our Lord's Jesus Words:
"Declare what is to be, present it - let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but Me. Turn (repent, that is change your mind and go to HIm) to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I Am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a Word that will not be revoked: Before Me every knee will bow; by Me every tongue will swear (Isaiah 45:21-22; Romans 14:11).
For this reason "seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near" (Isaiah 55:6).
"Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you - even Jesus" (Acts 3:20).
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts Acts 2:38).