It is actually the second step with action involved that we take toward salvation. Faith precedes repentance; it is the inward work that makes us want to repent.
What repentance is
1. Repentance is a personal but often public step bringing about positive results in our lives. Because we have a sinful nature, and have committed sinful acts, it is essential that we repent.
2. Repentance is biblically defined as a “turning around” or an “about face” – an inward change of attitude leading to an outward change of action. Unless both of these occur, real repentance has not taken place.
“… that they should repent and turn to God, and do works and live lives consistent with and worthy of their repentance.” (Acts 26:20)
“Prove by the way you live that you have really turned from your sins and turned to God.” (Matthew 3:8)