Author: Ron Graham

Glossary Simplybible

Word Study: Repentance

Word family: repentance, repent

Synonyms: penitence.

Related ideas: sin, sorry, guilt, remorse, regret, conversion, turning.

Definitions: repentance is a change of heart and mind [regarding sin]. The intent to rebel is replaced by the intent to be righteous and to act accordingly.

Greek References: metanoia 3341 (Strong) cf 3326 meta, 3539 noeo 3563 nous The verb is metanoeo.


  Repentance is essential

  God moves us to repent

  Repentance bears fruit

Comment: Repentance is more than simply regret or sorrow for wrongs committed in the past. Repentance is a determination to change, and commitment to living righteously in the future. Repentance turns belief into obedience.