Repentance isn’t doing something about my sin. It is admitting I can’t do anything about my sin. It is trusting that only God can cleanse me, and only he can convince me I’m truly cleansed. We’ve been told repentance is a promise to God that I’m going to stop this sin and I’m sorry and I won’t do it again and This time I mean it. We’re mistaking repentance for remorse. The intention not to sin is not the same as the power not to sin. Paul calls repentance a gift. It’s not something you drum up, but the gifted ability to find yourself saying, “God, I can’t. You can. I trust you!
The Cure, TrueFaced, 2011, 70.