Let’s look at the Greek word for repentance—metanoia. Meta means “change,” while noia is from the word nous, which means “mind.” So metanoia or repentance means “a change of mind.” Why is changing your mind important? Simply because right believing always leads to right living.
When you believe right about God’s grace, about your righteousness in Christ, and how you are called to be set apart for holiness, everything changes! His love touches you in the deepest recesses of your heart and you begin to experience transformation from the inside out.
That’s grace in action. You begin to live above defeat and experience lasting breakthroughs because the power to fight off any temptation is not from without, but from within. It is not contingent upon your willpower; it is contingent upon the power of the Holy Spirit living mightily and actively in you, bearing witness to the gospel truths you believe.
The first area that we need repentance in is not what you might think. Paul explained it as such, “I have been testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Acts 20:21)
Sin is both our nature and an action born from thought. As in the case at the garden, the enemy brought into question God. He was able to convince man that God was someone other than who he said he was and that is when our minds changed toward God and into sin.
Our first response toward grace is to have repentance toward God. That we no longer question his unconditional love for us. That he is not out to punish us. That he is not waiting for or expecting us to blow it again. No, my friend, God loves you more than you know. Paul says, “that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
Contrary to much of what is taught, God is not concerned with the sin in your life. He has already taken care of that in Christ on Calvary. He is, however, deeply, deeply longing for you. Will you let him plead his case with you today? Will you listen to his words of life and love for you? Will you change your mind about who God is? He is waiting for you to give him that moment with you. He longs to transform you from the inside out by the power of his loving grace.