The meaning of repentance

Repentance is an old-fashioned word, not much used by modern revivalists. “Oh!” said a minister to me, one day, “it only means a change of mind.” This was thought to be a profound observation. “Only a change of mind,” but what a change! A change of mind with regard to everything! Instead of saying, “It is only a change of mind,” it seems to me more truthful to say it is a great and deep change – even a change of the mind itself. But whatever the literal Greek word may mean, repentance is no trifle. You will not find a better definition of it than the one given in the children’s hymm:

Repentance is to leave, The sins we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve, By doing so no more.

-Charles Spurgeon

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