What is True Repentance?

First we need to understand that confession is a call of love. Repentance and confession are not a trial or a court. It is a shelter for sinners like me and you, a hospital. The one who confesses is not judged or condemned. S/He is surrounded by love, comfort, sincere interest; s/he is taken care of, healed, assisted, treated by the True Physician [God], instructed, and forgiven. Therefore Confession is the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to the sinner into his kingdom. "From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matt 4: 17; Matt 3: 2).

We confess to the Priest because God ordered it :-

  • And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease [Mt 10: 1]

  • And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed] in heaven. [Mt 16: 18-19]

  • “If a person sins or touches any unclean thing ... or if a person swears ... He shall confess that he has sinned in that thing, and he shall bring his trespass offering to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned ..., so the priest shall make atonement for him concerning his sin” (Levi.5:1-6]

What is True Repentance

  1. True repentance because of our love for God, and not for fear of punishment (the most important step in confession).

  2. To have honest intention and steadfast will, and so abandon sin and its causes.