What comes first, change or repentance?

That is, does one acknowledge and repent of their sin first, and then change their actions; or do they change their actions and then repent of their sin?

Clarify Share Report Asked August 31 2015 Image John Eichelberger

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

84924d6f 9be5 4261 9e07 ab5f6a8c5842 Lena Wms Student @Christ Gospel Church, S.S.Teacher, Observer
My Dear Brother in Christ, I firmly believe that change, real change can not come without true repentance. First, I must clarify my position. I believe in the human heart there is nothing but filth. Mark 7:21-23 Jesus gave a very clear description of what was in the human heart. However, when Jesus comes into our filthiness, He cleans out a place and as a tiny seed lives there, beginning to grow. We are commanded to GROW! Eph 4:13 

So how do we grow? We repent, for the filth in our heart, and ask Jesus to change us as He begins to Grow in us! Just like an embryo begins to form and grow in it's Mother's womb, Jesus will begin to expand and take form in us, as we surrender those things not like Him. 

Example, say you have a terrible temper, but now you are a Christian. Jesus lives inside your heart. Every day you give your temper to Jesus, asking Him to change you, make you more like Him. You might not see the change in yourself but your temper is being changed. Jesus is working on you because He loves you and He wants to grow in you. 

We are told to Grow in Grace 2Pet 3:18 Well Who is Grace? Jesus is! 

This being said, we can not hope to change without Jesus first being in our hearts, we must have true repentance to change. Change only comes through growth. Growth only comes when Jesus is growing inside us. 

Be Blessed,

August 31 2015 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining