Repentance

Affliction appears to be the guide to reflection; the teacher of humility; the parent of repentance; the nurse of faith; the strengthener of patience, and the promoter of charity.

Repentance begins with humility.

True repentance consists in the heart being broken for sin and broken from sin. Some often repent, yet never reform; they resemble a man traveling in a dangerous path, who frequently starts and stops, but never turns back.

The seeds of repentance are sown in youth by pleasure, but the harvest is reaped in age by pain.

Time, the cradle of hope, but the grave of ambition, is the stern corrector of fools, but the salutary counselor of the wise, bringing all they dread to the one, and all they desire to the other; it warns us with a voice tht even the sagest discredit too long, and the silliest believe too late. Wisdom walks before it, opportunity with it, and repentance behind it; he that has made it his friend will have little to fear from his enemies, but he that has made it his enemy will have little to hope from his friends.

Our repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done as fear of what may happen to us because of it.

Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of consequences.

Repentance… is recoil, recoil not from the bad act and its painful consequences, but from the principle underlying the act.

He who cannot find time to consult his Bible will one day find he has time to be sick; he who has no time to pray must find time to die; he who can find no time to reflect is most likely to find time to sin; he who cannot find time for repentance will find an eternity in which repentance will be of no avail; he who cannot find time to work for others may find an eternity in which to suffer for himself.

Remorse is impotent; it will sin again. Only repentance is strong; it can end everything.

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.

When a child can be brought to tears, not from fear of punishment, but from repentance for his offense, he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from grief at one’s own conduct, be sure there is an angel nestling in the bosom.

None but the guilty know the withering pains of repentance.

True repentance also involves reform.

From listening comes wisdom; from speaking, repentance.

Late repentance is seldom true.

[Repentance] The golden key that opens the palace of eternity.

Remorse is the punishment of crime; repentance, its expiation. The former appertains to a tormented conscience; the later to a soul changed for the better.

Anger begins in folly, and ends in repentance.

Repentance is a gift of God’s grace.