These are the 8 powerful Bible verses on repentance.
The first Bible verse comes from the Book of Psalms 19:12-14. And the Bible declares;
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer”.
In this psalms, David is acknowledging that everyone has an error in their heart. Others might look at us and think we are perfect, but we have weaknesses in our hearts. That is why he says “O Lord forgive my hidden fault”.
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And there’s also that sin that easily besets us. Maybe you are an addict and you know you always easily find yourself falling into that sin or into that trap. This is why David says “Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins”, sins we have no power to resist in our own carnal effort.
Then David tells The Lord that after delivering him from willful sins, he will be blameless and innocent of great transgression. And at that point, because his heart is pure, the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart will be pleasing in the sight of The Lord his rock and redeemer.
The same is true for us, as there is that sin that easily besets us. This is a good outline for a confession prayer that we can use every time we are praying that the Lord may have mercy on us, for we have hidden faults, and that He may help us overcome.
Psalms 32: 3-5
The other Bible verse it’s from Psalms 32: 3-5. It gives us a very clear example to follow every time we are praying.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
Again, David is repenting of his sin before the Lord. He says that when he covered up sin in his heart, his bones were wasted away through groaning day and night.
But when he acknowledged his sin before the Lord, who is merciful and gracious to all of us. He did not cover up his sin any longer, but he laid it all before the Lord.
Every time we lay it all before our Lord Jesus Christ, he is able to keep us blameless. He is able to sanctify us. And then David says, “I will confess my transgression to the Lord”. So, he confessed. And when he did so, the Lord forgave the guilt of his sin.
Maybe you are suffering from unforgiveness in your heart. You are bitter, and you know very well you need to forgive so that you may be relieved of that pain. but you have not come to the place of accepting that you need to confess. Today is the day. Repent your sins. Confess your transgression before the Lord. And the Lord is faithful and gracious, and he will forgive you the guilt of your sin.
The other critical verse is from the book of Proverbs 28:13. The Bible declares, “He who covers up his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy”.
Every time we cover our sins, that sin will always be exposed. The Lord will expose it. But every time we confess it to the Lord, He will cover up our mess. And we will find mercy in His sight because we have chosen not to cover our sins.
Remember, in our previous verse, we saw that when David covered his sin, his bones were wasted away. For the hand of the Lord was heavy upon him.
The other verse, the number four verse, is from the Book of Isaiah 1:18-19.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
The Lord is calling us to the place of repentance. The Lord is calling us to acknowledge that we are carnal people living a carnal life, in a corrupt world, and in carnal bodies.
He is ready to sanctify us if only we allow Him. He’s calling us back to the place of worship in His presence so that we may find mercy for our own souls.
And then he declares that if we are willing and obedient, we shall eat the best of the land. It’s true. Every time we confess our iniquities, we are renewed. We are the children of God, and therefore we enjoy the benefits of salvation, the benefits of the sacrifice that Jesus made at Calvary.
But if we resist and rebel, it is true that we will be devoured by the sword. The sword is symbolic of evil or judgment.
The Lord’s desire is that we all come to the place of repentance, that our souls may find redemption, and that our bodies may be sanctified, made whole, and kept holy until the coming of Christ, our Lord, and Savior.
Another verse, the number five verse is from the book of Isaiah 43:25. And the Bible declares that “I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins”.
Whether you fornicated, or aborted (I am not saying those are the worst sins), the Lord is saying if you confess, He will blot out your transgression for His own sake, and He will remember your sin no more.
In Psalms 103:8-14, the Bible declares;
Psalms 103:8, The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
Psalms 103:11-14, For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
David is describing the character of God as being compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love. God has compassion for His children. And who are His children? They are those who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
In Psalms 32:1-2, the Bible declares;
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven; whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit, there is no deceit.
The Book of Revelation 3:20 declares “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him and eat with him, and he with me”.
If you have never given your life to Christ, today Christ is standing at the door of your heart. He is knocking, if you will hear His voice and open your heart to Him, The Lord Jesus Christ will come in you and He will have fellowship with you, communion with you.
The Father desires that all people may come to the knowledge of Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:4)
The Bible declares in John 1:12, that “To them that received Him, He gave them the authority to be called the sons of God”. The Lord is calling you to receive this authority by just letting Him in your heart.
For if you confess with your mouth that Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then you shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-10). And those who call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Call upon His name and you shall be saved.