We talk often here about making a mind change and how that can make a big difference in our lives. But what is the relationship between a mind change and a heart change?
Certainly, the two are closely related. Sometimes to make one, you also have to make the other. Sometimes making one enables you to make the other. Sometimes they are almost indistinguishable.
Which is more needed depends on the challenge or temptation we are facing. If we are fearful, discouraged, anxious, or depressed what may most be needed is a mind change--shifting our focus from all the things that could go wrong or from negative thinking about ourselves to a focus instead on God’s power, his promises or our identity in Christ.
On the other hand, if we are tempted with sins like resentment, bitterness, a desire for power or recognition, an urge to pull away from someone, or a reluctance to cooperate, what is probably more needed is a heart change--a new attitude that works from the inside out.
Usually to make a mind change what we most need is faith--faith that God will bless a different focus. What is most often needed for a heart change is a recognition that something impure is in us along with a spirit of brokenness over what we have allowed. If we need trust to make a mind change, we need humility to make a heart change.
If we don’t make a needed change of mind, we will likely fail to thrive and overcome. If we don’t let God change a sinful, impure heart, we will not only be eaten alive from the inside, but we will also contaminate others.
“Search me, God, and know my heart…” (Psalm 139:23).