It's that time in the Jewish calendar again when many are thinking about repentance. So what does Judaism have to say about the topic?
Rambam teaches us that real repentance is not just about admitting the offense and asking for forgiveness--it’s also about the behavioral changes that go along with it.
Let’s say you have a habit of speeding on the highway. No one gets hurt and you don’t get in trouble, but you know that it is wrong. Looking back during Yom Kippur, you repent for your speeding habit. The next week you are late getting home and you find yourself on an empty highway. What do you do? Rambam is saying if you have truly repented for speeding before, you won't do it again now, even if you know you won't get caught.
Complete repentance combines intention, words, and actions.