One definition of the word “repent” is “regret” as of a past deed. To me that indicates being “stuck” while ruminating about the past which actually doesn’t improve anything.
Eventually something has to change in our thinking for us to progress. This means to release “self-pity” and “self-condemnation” and replace it with Love and forgiveness which is always the answer.
Hebrews 4:16 states, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” This can only come after we learn to be gentler with ourselves.
My husband just called me into his office to listen to a new song written about “the good old days” and I had a difficult time with it. Not only do I think we need not live in the past, but today is the good old day! To me, that is like living life while looking through our rearview mirror. Immediately, Hebrews 4:16 came to thought which states, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” God is our only need and when we put Him first, Good will be revealed to us. Only Good is going on when our focus is positive and that is not a “Pollyanna” approach but one experiencing security. Not relying on oneself, but always on God.