In the Bible, repentance means “to change your mind.”
Repentance is not quite the same as turning from sin although turning from sin does happen when an individual repents and trusts Jesus Christ as Savior.
In Mark 1:15, Jesus said:
“…change your mind and believe the gospel.”
Definition of Faith: To hope for things which are not seen but which are true.
Faith in Jesus Christ means believing that: To have faith in Jesus Christ especially means that we repent of our sins through the steps of repentance.
I know that Christ is the Son of God, that he suffered and died for me and everyone else. He loves us and has made it possible for us to return to live with him and our Heavenly Father, all we must do is have faith in Jesus, repent of our sins, and keep his commandments.
Repentance is the second principle of the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but what is repentance?
Definition of Repentance: Acting upon our faith in Jesus Christ by obeying his commandments
Through Christ’s Atonement we are able to repent and be cleansed from our sins. I know that each of us can be forgiven and receive peace, because I have followed these steps of repentance and have felt the glorious feeling of peace that comes with sincere repentance.
Changing your mind’ about your sins and your need of a Savior leads you to “receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness” which God offers us in Jesus Christ, Romans 5:17.
Change your mind and believe the gospel
Salvation is a free gift of God, “not of works lest any man should boast,” Ephesians 2:9.
Our salvation completely depends on God’s mercy through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Romans 3:25, 5:9, Hebrews 9:12.
We are not saved by “turning from sins.” Repenting does not mean “turn from your sins.” Repenting means to “change your mind.” Remember what Jesus said in Mark 1:15.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, change your mind, and believe the gospel.”
What causes someone to change their mind? The answer is found in Romans 3:19.
“Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
The law of God, including the Ten Commandments shows us our sin. God’s law shows us our guilt and points out our inability to save ourselves.
Repent means ‘change your mind.’ Have you repented?
When we realize our inability to save ourselves, we change our minds about trying to work our way to heaven and we trust Jesus Christ. And that is exactly what God wants us to do!
Faced with what the Law of God says about us, we realize we are guilty, condemned before God. Jesus spoke of this in John 3:18.
“He that believeth on him [God] is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God