Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God has been calling upon mankind to repent. “When God shut the gate of paradise to Adam, He opened the door to repentance.”
The Bible is filled with the command to repent. The basic task of the prophets, God’s spokesmen in times past, was to get the people to repent. Over and over again in their writings is found the command to “repent.” The message of Jesus while He was on the earth was one of repentance. “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3, 5).
Repentance is a turning. In relation to one’s spiritual condition, it is turning from sin and the pursuit of sin and turning to God and the pursuit of righteousness. It is the change of mind that causes one to forsake living in and for sin and to desire to live for God and in accordance with His will.