What comes first, a change of heart or a change of mind?
I love Paul’s mind twister in Romans 7:14-25
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
His head says one thing, and his heart another. They seem to be at war. A serious struggle with sin feels like our body waging war against itself.
For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.
Paul wants his inner being (heart?) to be the one in control of his mind. Yet,
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God.
It seems as though Paul’s mind controls his (heart?) desires.
So what’s it to be. A change of heart or a change of mind? Of course the answer is “both”! We ask God to change our heart, our inner desires; we want him to change what drives us and motivates us. If we truly had a heart that loved what God has done for us in Christ then that would drive our mind to know him more deeply. And we want God to change our mind. If our mind is transformed into the mind of Christ then from this righteous action would flow.
Lord, change my heart AND change my mind that I may not be at war in myself.