OK, so we've been giving some thought to the question:
'In biblical terms, which of these two words:
behaviour - thinking, do you think have a closer link to the word, repent?
The Greek word the New Testament uses for repent is metanoeō. It means to, 'think differently', literally to, rethink.
Many people interestingly, but not surprisingly, have problems with the general interpretation of the word repent, very often associating it with behaviour and not thinking. The problem has been because of the weight of association that many speakers have put on the word repent to mean change behaviour and miss out altogether the weight of meaning of, change your THINKING. Consequently, many listeners to what has been said have made the mistake of putting all their efforts into changing behaviour, whilst leaving their thinking unchanged and unchallenged, hence the problem of not being able to change their lifestyles, they have made constant effort to change behaviour and getting discouraged when very little, or nothing changes for them.
when the NT uses the word repent, it is not asking you to change your behaviour directly, this is one of the failings of trying to keep the Law in the OT, it is asking you to change your thinking, generally after having been given more information to think about. Our behaviour is the result of what we believe, or what we choose to believe, and what we believe is the result of our thinking based on the information we've gathered. More on this later.
It is still not an easy task from there, but at least you'll be up the right ladder and up the right wall.
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Steve Howell has been a Christian for over 44 years. About 15 years ago he founded Rethink: a biblical initiative that assists Christians towards a renewed mind and thinking processes. Steve has spent the last ten years developing Rethink and using it widely in churches, schools and rehab centres. He currently concentrates his work on the South West of England and the West Midlands.