Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19
Repentance and Forgiveness go together like peanut butter and jelly. In this day and age, when something goes wrong, we tend to hunt down the person responsible so the blame can be squarely placed. Accepting responsibility can diffuse many a situation. It takes courage to say, “It’s my fault, and I’m sorry. I have sinned, and I repent.” We’re not a forgiving society. We want someone to pay. And it’s tempting to offer up the sacrificial lamb. Further, we live with a lot of learned overlooking. The beauty of repenting is the ability to receive the gift of forgiveness.
Charles Sprugeon (1834-1892) penned these words years ago, “ Repentance and forgiveness are joined together in the experience of all believers. There has never been a person yet who genuinely repented of sin that was not forgiven. On the other hand, no one has ever been forgiven who had not repented of being washed away, unless at the same time the heart was led to repentance and faith in Christ. Hatred of sin and a sense of pardon come together into the soul and abide together while we live. These two things act and react upon each other. The man who is forgiven, repents; and the man who repents is most assuredly forgiven. You will never value pardon unless you feel repentance; and you will never taste the deepest drought of repentance until you know that you are pardoned.”
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see also Entering Into Forgiveness