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What is "repentance" and "confession"?

Definition of repentance:

  • "feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over (something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity)"

Definition of confession:

  • "a formal admission of one's sins with repentance"


  • 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;


  • 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

1 John  

  • 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


  • 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.


  • 51:1-3 . . . Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy loving kindness: According unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. . . . For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. . . .




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