If I sin then feel remorse, why do I relent and yet sin again? Is it not enough to ask forgiveness, to petition God “Destroy my desire against you”! Oh would that I please him, and release my desire for darkness’ disguise of light.
Repentance is not remorse. I can have remorse all day everyday for a sin that I perpetually commit, but until I repent of it – turn my back on it – I will delightfully return to indulge in my desire, for the moment, and then once again despise my self-inflicted misery. I may ask forgiveness to escape my life-sucking sink hole of remorse, but repenting of that sin for which I ask forgiveness requires nothing less than a change of heart.
If I indeed want God, then I must love him more than the sin I hate.