True repentance doesn’t merely say, “I’m sorry.” It makes amends for wrongdoing.

What We Think It Is

How often do we believe that saying “I’m sorry” is a “one and done” thing that requires nothing else?
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. He and Jewish tax collectors were considered among the vilest sinners and traitors in the Jewish community because they took from their own people.
So when Jesus showed him grace, he didn’t just repent and move on. He made amends by not only giving half he owned to the poor, but he also declared to pay back 4 times what he had extorted.
This is what true repentance looks like. It not only acknowledges the wrong, but it goes the extra mile to make amends.

What does it look like in practical terms?

True repentance has specific steps.
  1. Apologize
  2. Ask for Forgiveness
  3. Go Above and Beyond
When you go above and beyond to correct the wrong, it establishes the heart change. Don’t mistake making amends with beating yourself up. Repentance doesn’t require nor asks for us to punish ourselves and beat ourselves up forever. But it does require some work on our part.

Reflection

Are there areas or people in your life that from who you need to seek forgiveness? Spend time in prayer and as Holy Spirit to reveal them to you. Now, ask Him what you need to do to make amends.
Luke 19:8, But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
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