It was a rainy Saturday evening in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I was a college student at the time, and a friend and I were driving around the unfamiliar city. We were traveling down a hill toward an intersection and the light turned red. I slammed on the brakes, and because of the conditions my truck spun around. When we came to rest we were facing the opposite direction. We had made a 180-degree change of direction.
I think that is an illustration of the Biblical idea of repentance. Some people seem to do a 360-degree form of repentance. They spin around completely and then proceed in the same direction. But repentance is to be a change of direction. A person who has truly repented will move a different direction than they had previously.
“Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew 3:8, ESV)