Some thoughts on Admission, Confession, Apology and Repentence…

We so often hear others, and too often we ourselves, confuse admitting we have done something wrong with confessing in a theological sense. Admission is a simple statement that we have done something. “Yes, I broke the lamp, mom.” Confession goes much deeper. It requires that we “own up” to the wrongness (sinfulness) of what we have done. It requires a “full confession,” not just a partial one. It requires that we recognize the full impact of what we have done wrong (how we have sinned.) It requires genuine contrition for having done wrong (sinned.)

Apology is not repentance. In simplest terms, apology is a simple statement of being “sorry” for what we have done wrong. Repentance is not a statement from the mouth, but of the heart. Repentance is a promise to not repeat the offense, even in the mind or heart. Repentance requires action, movement toward righteousness, on our part. Confession must be honest and complete, only then can repentance follow.

It may not be necessary in all cases to be completely open to all others in confession and repentance. But we must be with God, always. We may try, even succeed, in fooling ourselves. Not so with God.

Some day we too will face that day of judgment. Will we be ready to stand before our Creator?

Shalom, Art

Alive in The Word


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5 Responses to Some thoughts on Admission, Confession, Apology and Repentence…

  1. Andy Oldham says:

    This a great application of repentance!

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  3. How refreshing to hear (see) repentance mentioned – an almost forgotten words these days. A lot of people go to great lengths to avoid the “r” word but GOD REQUIRES REPENTANCE.

    >> “We may try, even succeed, in fooling ourselves” – I like this little example:
    Tommy had trouble pronouncing the letter “r” so his teacher gave him a sentence to practice at home. He had to say constantly “Robert gave Richard a Rap in the Ribs for Roasting the Rabbit so Rare.”
    Some days later the teacher asked Tommy to say the sentence and he rattled it off quickly: “Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough.”

    When Christ appeared to the eleven after His resurrection He charged them “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His Name among all nations” Without repentance there can be no forgiveness.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Two verses for each item come to mind:
    1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

    Romans 14:11- It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will confess to God.'”

    Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    Hebrews 6:4-6 – It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen[a] away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

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