Thank God we're not tied down to our first responses when we are disobedient to God and his will. Of course when we do agree to obey then we need to follow through with down to earth obedience.
Jesus told the story of two sons. The first son refused to obey his father, but then turned around and obeyed him. The second son said that he would obey his father, but then failed to do so. Jesus then likened the repentant tax collectors and sinners to the first son, and the unrepentant religious leaders to the second son.
Too often my initial reactions show unbelief and other sin in some form. When life hits me with the unexpected, especially in disappointing ways, what can spill out of me is not pretty at times, an indicator, all too true of what's in my heart. But we can and need to change and act differently so that we obey God, instead. Repentance is not just initial entrance into the kingdom of God, but it continues throughout our lives as those who would continue to follow Christ and be changed more and more into his likeness.
Of course neither do we want to say, "Yes, Lord," but then fail to follow through what our lips say with our entire lives.
What might you like to add to this?