Metanoia (repentance) simply means to change one’s way of life and there are four basic elements that validates true repentance. 1.Genuine sorrow for wrongdoing. 2.Overt confession for wrongdoing. 3.Accountability for wrongdoing. 4.Acceptance of the consequences for wrongdoing. Paul wrote, “I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way.” (2 Cor7:8-9)
I’ll be the first to admit that I got some issues I need to turn away from in my life and with help from God, my wife, family, and friends I’m certain, I will overcome. We all struggle with sin, iniquity, and transgression. Some more than others however, in Christ and through the work of His Spirit we possess the power to experience true metanoia.