Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19 (ESV)

The Apostle Peter had healed a beggar. The healed man was ecstatic over what had happened. Those who saw him were amazed.

Peter began to speak to the people about how they had denied God’s son and turned Him over to be crucified and had asked that a murderer be released to them.

Peter, then tells the crowd that all they had to do in order to be forgiven and refreshed is to repent, turn away from their bad acts.

Repentance has a simple definition; “To turn away from.” Before a person can truly repent one has to recognize what he or she did was wrong. A person who is guilty of evil things has to acknowledge that his or her actions were wrong and / or hurtful to others.

The wrong-doer has to search his heart to understand these steps. Also, that person needs to be certain that he or she can honestly say that what they did was wrong. There is no room for ‘lip service’ in this process.

Each believer experiences times of needing to ‘clean up their act’ before God. We sometimes let up on our times of reading God’s Word. We sometimes let our prayer times slide, almost to the point of neglect. Something happens that convicts our hearts and we know we have to repent and give our inattention over to Him and let Him guide us back to the place He wants us to be. He does accept our seeking of forgiveness.