3 Bible Tips: Conversion
The biblical words related to conversion mean "a turning, or returning, to God" (New Bible Dictionary, 1982, article "Conversion").
1. Repentance—recognizing and turning from sin—is essential to the process of conversion.
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19; see also Acts 2:38).
2. Change and humility are hallmarks of those being converted into citizens of God's Kingdom.
"Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven'" (Matthew 18:2-4).
3. Conversion involves a change of the heart—writing God's laws in our hearts and minds through the Holy Spirit.
"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people" (Jeremiah 31:33; also quoted in Hebrews 8:10-12).
For more about conversion, see our Frequently Asked Bible Question "What is conversion?"