Over the years, many people have had “as long as” repentance. The Psalmist describes this in Psalm 78, where he speaks of a repentance that lasts only for a brief period of time while someone was in danger. How often do we see the consequences of something and then we are sorry, whereas we truly are not sorry we did it, but sorry that we must pay the price?
Repentance or metanoia means “change of mind.” What the Psalmist references in these verses is not true repentance. Instead it was flattery by people who were only motivated by a desire for their own interests. The repentance was not acknowledging with the heart and having a change of mind. There was never a desire to not want to do something any longer. Rather, words were offered to gloss over the truth. Lies. Lip service.
Today, ask the Spirit to reveal to you the condition of your heart. Do you grieve your sins or only the consequences? Have you experienced a change of mind, or are you continuing on the same path? Are you practicing “as long as” repentance?
“But their repentance lasted only as long as they were in danger; they lied through their teeth to the true God of Covenant. So quickly they wandered away from his promises, following God with their words and not their hearts! Their worship was only flattery.” – Psalm 78:36-37 [TPT]