Fear of God Devotional: Repentance Involves a “Change of Mind”

What is repentance and what are the implications of that definition?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that we must go back to the biblical words used to describe repentance to understand what it is. Repentance is described in Scripture as: “turn,” “regret,” and most importantly, “a change of mind.” A proper understanding of repentance is crucial. 

“Change of mind” is not the mere changing of one’s mind like one would do when deciding what to eat or what to do. This “changing of mind” is not superficial or trivial. Rather, it is a renewing of mind at a fundamental level. This is a radical change of mind about important topics like God, man, sin, and Christ. It is more than a change of mind, but it involves a change of behavior. 

Revelations 3:19 (NKJV) – “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”