What does real repentance and renewal look like?
1) It appeals to, and hopes in the mercy of God.
David knew his sin deserved the wrath of God, so he pleaded with God for his mercy.
One of the first keys to repentance is that it begins where blame-shifting, bargaining, and rationalizing ends. If the three letter word “but” follows your attempt at repentance, you can be assured that it wasn’t genuine, and therefore you are not on the path to renewal.
2) It owns the sin we commit, knowing it is deeply inherent. We are sinful. We shouldn't be suprised when we sin, or others sin.
3) It is directed first and foremost, toward God.
God is the one that we primarily sin against.
4) It cries out for the gospel. We need the gospel every day.