Repent = change of mind

Merriam-Webster defines repent as:  to turn from sin and dedicate oneself to the amendment of one’s life defines Change one’s mind: to make the future course of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone


So if someone repents, their mind has been changed in the sense of their desire is not toward sin anymore but their desire is to avoid sin and to seek to live a holy life.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:


1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.


You are not really changing your mind or repenting unless you are changing your habits and lifestyle.  Someone who has claimed to be saved and yet still lives a sinful life is only lying to themselves or they have deceived themselves into believing that they’re saved.  Jesus tells us that there must be fruits that are associated with a changed mind or that mind has never really changed at all (John 15). They should be showing evidence of their being a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17). Someday, many who believe that they are saved will hear the most horrific words that they will ever hear; “I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity” (Matt 7:23).  Many people claim to know Jesus but the most important thing is does Jesus know you!?  He will say to these “many” who will come to Him saying “Lord, Lord” (Matt 7:21) that He didn’t know them well, He didn’t know them well enough but that He never, ever knew them at all and to depart from Him and the presence of God forever.

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One Response to “Repent = change of mind”

  1. DocMonty Says:

    THANK you for this word. In Jesus and the Spirit of God are we given the power over sin.

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