The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that ALL SHOULD COME TO REPENTANCE (2nd Peter 3:9). God wants ALL people to repent; that is, change their minds. God wants us to change our mind about how we view our sins. Most people try to rationalize and justify their sins. God wants us to “confess” or “admit” to Him alone that we are hell-deserving sinners. God also wants us to change our minds concerning any unbelief we may have had in the Lord Jesus Christ. We must turn to Christ in faith and believe on Him alone for the forgiveness of sins. This is repentance—a changing of the mind concerning our sin and of the Lord Jesus Christ. Simply confess your sins to Christ and ask Him to come into your heart as Savior.
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) -
–noun 1. deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like.
2. regret for any past action.
American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source re·pen·tance (rĭ-pěn’təns) .
The act or process of repenting.
Remorse or contrition for past conduct or sin. See Synonyms at penitence.
Easton’s 1897 Bible Dictionary - Cite This Source
There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance. (1.) The verb metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matt. 27:3).
(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one’s mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate noun metanoia, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised. Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one’s own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Ps. 119:128; Job 42:5, 6; 2 Cor. 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments. The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Ps. 51:4, 9), of pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11; 109:21, 22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Ps. 51:1; 130:4).
American Heritage Dictionary - Cite This Source re·pent 1 (rĭ-pěnt’)
v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.
To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one’s sins.
To feel regret or self-reproach for: repent one’s sins.
To cause to feel remorse or regret.
God COMMANDS us to repent. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). It is not an option whether or not we want to repent, it is a divine command from Almighty God. It is wicked for any person not to repent when they have been warned to do so. We hear Bible preaching everywhere in this great nation, we are all without excuse if we fail to heed the masters call to repentance.