However, repent does NOT mean "to turn," and throughout all the Bible, the word 'repent' simply means "grief and sorrow."
It is a matter of sincerity of the heart:
"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death." 2 Corinthians 7:10
Webster's 1828 Dictionary defines the word 'repent' in this way: "to feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; to express sorrow for something past."
It goes on to further define 'repent' as: "To change the mind in consequence of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct."
Is this not the 'change of heart' and mind that is needed for one to come to God, or to even feel the necessity for doing so?
In theology, to 'repent' is, "To sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence."
"Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3 ;
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord." Acts 3:19
There are also consequences for not having repentance. The Bible shows us the result of a people who did not repent of their 'wickedness':
"No man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, ...And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family ...I will surely consume them, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 8:3-13
~ LET US THEN 'REPENT UNTO SALVATION'! ~
the Bible teaches us that 'godly sorrow is repentance to salvation'. The Corinthians were not instructed to reject that grief and sorrow, but rather, to embrace it for its work unto salvation:
"Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort," 2 Corinthians 7:9-11