Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions

Q: What does repentance mean? Is it the same as feeling sorry for your sins?

A: First, let me say that different pastors and teachers will have slightly different definitions of repentance. I’ll walk you through the way it is used in the Bible, then give you my take on a definition. But I invite you to look at other perspectives as well. As always, the best perspective is the one that most closely fits with how the word is used in the Bible, and each individual must determine this for themselves (1 John 2:27).

When we examine various verses that have our word “repent,” we can identify some pat...


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