The doctrines of grace and repentance are rehabilitative in nature. The great Mediator asks for our repentance not because we must "repay" him in exchange for his paying our debt to justice, but because repentance initiates a developmental process that, with the Savior's help, leads us along the path to a saintly character.
Bruce C. Hafen, "The Broken Heart: Applying the Atonement to Life's Experiences"
All growing up, the term "repentance" carried a negative connotation, at least for me. Repentance was synonymous with punishment. It was associated with fear, concern, anxiety, and stress.
Now that I'm older but just a bit wiser, repentance has been changing its stigma in my mind. It is becoming a way to change got the better. Even more than that, the "better" that it changes us into is none other than the bar Himself that was set for what perfection is.
To Christ, repentance isn't a way of punishing us for being mortal and having weakness, and I have plenty. Rather, He sees repentance with complete joy because it means that we are trying to be better. He is elated with our decision to apply His sacrifice in our lives. And this repentance process doesn't just mean being redeemed from our mistakes but also it enables us to go further and strive to be the person that we are eternally, who we're supposed to be.