Once we sin, God gives us a means to escape from sin's lure and grip, through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. We call this conviction - that internal "call" to turn around and change direction when we have sinned.
Just as sin begins in our minds (as a temptation), so repentance begins in our minds as the Holy Spirit brings conviction. The mind is a crucial part of our spiritual anatomy, as the following verses show:
[Jesus] said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37)
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present yoiur bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is yoiur spiritual worship. 2Do 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. (Romans 12:1-2)
11. What role do our minds play in oiur pleasing God and being transformed into the likeness of Christ?
Since we first respond to spiritual matters with our minds, "renewing the mind" must include training it to
* recognize and run from temtation, and
* respond quickly to the Holy Spirit's conviction.