Repentance isn’t easy.
Sin is pleasurable. Change is challenging. Confession is humbling.
What can prompt a 180°?
Fear of punishment. Knowing God was about to punish them, the Ninevites repented (Jonah 3:4-10). Seeing their penitence, God relented. Shouldn’t Judgment Day motivate us (Acts 17:30-31)?
God’s goodness. “. . . the kindness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4).
Taking inventory. When the Prodigal understood what his sin had cost him, he was ready to return (Luke 15:11-19).
Godly sorrow. When Peter realized he’d denied Jesus, “he went out and wept bitterly” (Matthew 26:75; see 2 Corinthians 7:10).
God’s blessing. “Therefore repent . . . that your sins may be wiped away . . . that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord . . .” (Acts 3:19).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/
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