Having a relationship with Jesus means forsaking anything that has the appearance of evil and embracing whatever is right in the sight of God. When Zacchaeus was touched by what Jesus said, he began to make changes in his life. Repentance may begin with a confession, but it always ends in action.
In Luke 19: 8 the Bible says, “And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man, I restore fourfold” (ASV). Repentance is practical. When you meet the Lord there must be real change.
We can not say we have repented when we are holding on to old habits that do not please God. We must willingly allow Jesus Christ to be Lord in our lives. Our language has to change for the better so that it can minister grace to other people. We can not use words that hurt and sow unhappy feelings in those listening to us because that is not Christ like.
Our old habit must die completely. If we have borrowed money from someone and have not returned it as agreed, we have to do the right thing by returning it. God delights in restitution. When we find out that we are wrong, we must correct whatever is wrong so that righteous ways can begin being established in our lives.