To repent means to be willing to turn from your sins wanting never to do them again. Repentance is a cardinal part of the salvation message. The first thing Jesus preached was “repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). After he healed people, what did he tell them to do? “Sin no more.” But to repent does not mean that you will never sin again. It means that you are willing, with God’s help, to get rid of all your sin. Christians can and do sin, but they are given the ability to fight off sin, wheras an unsaved person cannot. A Christian might fall a few times when tempted, while an unsaved person would fall almost every time. Jesus can help you overcome anything you are dealing with; including drug and alcohol addiction.
You must stop sinning and turn from your wicked ways. You cannot try to stop sinning on your own. Without God’s help, you will not have the power to stop sinning. Also, it will not erase the sin you have already done. You need the blood of Christ to wash away your sins.
Repentance is part you, part God. You must be willing to do all that is in your power to turn from sin, and God will give you the power to overcome the temptation to sin. If you are willing to turn from your sinful ways, and accept Christ as your Saviour, He will help you abandon them.
If you do not repent and accept Christ as your Saviour, Hell awaits you after you die. But God does not want you to burn in Hell. He is patiently waiting for you to come to repentance:
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
God does not want you to suffer wrath in Hell, but to obtain eternal salvation:
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 Thessalonians 5:8-10
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