When John the Baptist was baptizing people in the River Jordan he was preparing the way for the coming of Christ. This was due to the fact that forgiveness itself is really found in Christ. People who come to Christ must first find forgiveness so as to have access to whatever God has in store for them. This is how people become Christians because it all starts with turning away from sin.
In Mark 2: 8-11 in regards to forgiveness the Bible says, “And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house”. For you to be Christ like you have to be forgiven and to be forgiven you have to come to Jesus Christ.
The flame of the Holy Ghost burns where there has been forgiveness. Sin separates us from God, but in Christ we are made one with God. God is holy and without Christ we remain strangers to holiness and are separated from God. God can not dwell with us without the work that Christ has done. He is Emmanuel to us because of the cross of Calvary. That is what makes the flame from heaven to burn in those who are in Christ. The confession of our sins is part of it, but the process really ends up with us turning away from sin.
What is repentance? Repentance is a complete turning away from a life of sin. Good behavior is not repentance. What the Bible calls good works in Christ are founded on what Christ has done to save us from sin. We must acknowledge our need for a Savior first and the rest of our lives will reflect his blessings. True freedom from sin really comes to us through Christ.
In John 8:32 the Bible says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. True change comes through repentance and faith is the key ingredient in the process. A person of faith does not struggle working with others in Christ as they press towards a common goal. He knows every thing belongs to God and that he is, but a steward.
The Spirit of repentance is key in how a person lives his life.
This experience makes compassion and repentance to have a positive impact on any child of God. It is a foundation on how to treat other people. It is the foundation for Christian conduct.
If the way we live raises questions about what we stand for it means the foundation may not be on Christ. Any building with a fault in its foundation is possibly able to cause a crack in any part of the building it supports. Christ will always be the strongest foundation and those not founded on it can end up with visible faults.