Metanoéo, a Changed Mind
The word “repent” is really not about saying sorry and never sinning again. Its original Greek word is the verb Metanoéo or Metanoia, which means “to perceive or understand.” It is a preposition that denotes change. “It is used as a verb of motion and mental activity,” says Paul Washer.
True repentance is a radical change in perception
Before one’s conversion through Christ, the mind of a sinner is hostile towards God and refuses to submit (Romans 1:21; 8:7). His view of God and his mercy distorted.
True repentance in the Bible involves a radical change in a person’s perception or view of reality, a “change of mind.” It alters the mind intellect and radically affects the heart, emotions, and will. It’s a decision, a choice to submit to God, and replace our thinking with the “mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
A changed life is evidence of faith in Christ
The heart of a sinner is regenerated that moment he receives and believes who Christ is. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, and we come to repentance. The light of Jesus illuminates our mind so we can see things of God and hate what God hates and love what God loves.
Repentance is not a one time experience and the evidence that you repented unto salvation, is that you continue repenting and continue growing in repentance.
We hate what God hates and love what God loves.
Don’t expect a perfect one-time repentance
Sexual immorality (fornication, porn, homosexuality, adultery) can be a gauge to test faith. If you still struggle with it, you need to repent! Ask Jesus to give you a heart that hates sin and possess a type of fear that is “holy.”
Holy fear is the kind of fear that is inspired by the love, reverence, and respect for Jesus and His sacrifice for our sin. God calls us to be holy.