In the New Testament, to ‘repent’ means to ‘make a change in the frame of mind, and to reform’. While sin is the result of a person pleasing himself in what he does, the sinner coming to God in repentance admits his total inability to please God. The Bible tells us that “there is none righteous ” (Romans 3:10). Repentance is not merely the feeling of guilt or sorrow or even crying with tears over sin as Hebrews 12:16-17 shows.
Biblical repentance involves the actual forsaking of sin (Proverbs 28:13) and turning unto God. The person who has come to the Lord Jesus Christ, in repentance, cannot continue to live in sin.