Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)
Repentance, like faith, is an intellectual understanding that sin is wrong; an emotional approval of Scripture’s teaching regarding sin (sorrow for sin and hatred of it); and personal renouncement of sin and the will’s decision to forsake it and obey Christ instead.
Genuine repentance will result in a changed life! Jesus invites sinners, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” He immediately adds, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”
To come to Him includes taking His yoke upon us, being subject to His direction and guidance, learning from Him, and being obedient to Him. If we are unwilling to make such a commitment, then we have not truly placed our trust in Him.
When the Bible speaks of trusting in Christ, it frequently connects trust with repentance. In Luke 24:46-47, Jesus told His disciples,
“This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations.”
It is important for us to note that repentance and faith are two different aspects of the one event of conversion; two different sides of the same coin. We should live each day with this heartfelt attitude, seeking forgiveness of our sins and placing our faith in Christ to provide for our needs and to empower us to live for Him.