And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:2 (NASB)
The commonly accepted meaning of repentance is: to turn from sin to faith in God. This is not entirely inaccurate, but it is incomplete and can be misleading. Repentance is actually a heavenly invitation to walk in the fullness of God’s kingdom here on this earth. A kingdom filled with righteousness, peace, joy, wholeness, healing, fruitfulness, and true riches; it is a place where all the promises of God are yes and amen.
Repentance is translated from the Greek word, “metanoéō” which is derived from metá, “denoting change of place or condition”, and noéō, “to exercise the mind, think, comprehend.” It literally means: “To change the mind.” As a believer, repentance is changing your mind in such a way that it causes you to turn from sin to faith in Jesus Christ.
Simply put, repentance is the act and process of addressing our thought patterns. As it pertains to our relationship with the Lord, it is the process of comparing our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs with those of the Lord, and in response, coming into agreement with His word. When we agree with His word and combine it with faith, it will produce a change in our thoughts, which will in turn produce a change in our behavior.
Romans 12:2 is one of the best descriptions of the process of repentance. When we renew our mind we will be transformed!