20 Motivating Bible Verses about Change (Learn to become Better)
Bible Verses about Change
Change is constantly taking place all around us. Ecclesiastes 3:1,2 says that,
"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven. ² A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted".
Today these Bible verses will help to give direction when it is time to embrace and facilitate change in your life. I pray that as you read, you'll be blessed with a renewed mindset and a change of heart.
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Bible verses about change of heart
Trusting in the Lord and allowing Him to lead and guide us are great ways to experience a change of heart. Let's take a look at some scripture passages where a change of heart was manifested.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 NKJV
This Bible verse is a prayer by David. He acknowledged that he had sinned and he wanted to make things right with God.
He pleads to the Lord and asks Him to change his mind and renew his life.
It is important as followers of Christ to show remorse when we have done something wrong then proceed to ask the Lord to cleanse and change us as we move forward with transformed hearts and minds.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
The Lord greatly desired for His people to have a change of heart. They had abandoned Him-the God of their fathers and hardened their hearts against Him. He wanted them to turn away from their idolatrous and rebellious ways and turn to Him.
For this to happen Israel needed a change of heart. They needed to refocus their attention, love and loyalty to their Mighty Redeemer. That is why the Lord promised in Ezekiel 11:19, "I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh".
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. Jeremiah 24:7 NKJV
This scripture passage is yet another attempt from God to transplant a change of heart in His people. Time after time Israel turned away from God and over and over He made attempts to renew the bond they share and claim them as His own.
If you have turned from God it is not too late to have a change of heart and allow Him to restore the bond you once shared together. Pray that He will give you a heart to know and return to Him before it is too late.
So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day. 1 Samuel 10:9 NKJV
This scripture passage is a timely reminder that great things can be accomplished if we simply seek after and submit to God. Saul left his house in search of his father's donkeys and was able to return as the Lord's anointed.
In his quest to find the animals he took the advice of his servant and decided to ask the prophet for help. God gave him another heart and he was able to prophesy among prophets.
If we genuinely seek the Lord for guidance and assistance He will not only help us but give us a change of heart.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; ⁶In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV
Sometimes having a change of heart simply means we will cease from depending on our own abilities to get by. That is why this scripture passage urges us to trust in the Lord and desist from relying on our own capabilities.
Trusting wholly in the Lord may seem difficult to do at first. Just remind yourself that He knows the plans He has for your life. He knows every detail of the future and He knows best. As soon as you are able to accept these facts you will transition from self reliance to having total faith in God.
Bible verses about changing your mindset
Having the correct mindset is very important for followers of Christ. That is why you have to train your mind to focus on the things of God and His kingdom rather than the things of this world. I hope these texts will help you cultivate the mindset needed for your walk with the Lord.
- And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 NKJV
A change in mindset has phenomenal benefits. It will provide the insulation needed to exist in a world whose core values and beliefs are not in line with the teachings and directions set out in the word of God.
Daily renewing your mind by spending time in prayer and the Holy Scriptures will help you to coexist alongside others whose values and outlook are radically different from yours. It will fortify you and cause worldly pleasures to lose their appeal.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 NKJV
This is a helpful verse for anyone who is seeking to undergo a change in their mindset. It provides a guidepost of the things that you should dwell on as you refocus your mind and align your thoughts.
Truth, nobility, justice, purity, loveliness, and goodness are some of the things that you should meditate on daily. As you strive to change your mindset, be motivated by the words of Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus".
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Philippians 3:15 NKJV
In addressing the church at Philippi, Paul encouraged his brothers and sisters to cultivate a trained mindset. He compared the christian journey as a race. Athletes focus on the goal of getting to the finish line and this is exactly what Paul expects us to do.
As Christians we are on a journey of faith. We will face distractions and even make mistakes but we should not focus on these things.
We should train our minds to focus on what lies ahead at the end of our journey. Our goal should be to fix our minds on the heavenly reward that is in store for all those who are faithful and true to the end.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6 NKJV
This text offers two helpful reasons to pursue a change in mindset. Shifting your thoughts from things of this world to matters concerning the world to come offers life and peace.
Our mind should be firmly fixed on the Lord and the things that pertain to Him and His coming kingdom. Avoid the harsh reality of eternal death and embrace eternal life through Jesus as you keep your thoughts heavenward.
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJV
This text may provide hope and comfort for individuals who are suffering from illness. The physical body may become weaker because of pain and suffering but the mind does not have to be affected.
Paul found hope in the fact that even though his health was deteriorating his mind grew stronger as he trusted in God. Like Paul you may endure mentally when you are physically unwell. Daily submit to God as you look to Him for the strength to keep going and the patience to keep believing.
Bible verses about changing yourself for the better
Sometimes there is a need to make adjustments or improve on ourselves. The verses below look at some reasons to change for the better and the spiritual benefits of doing so.
That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts ²³and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, ²⁴and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV
Transforming ourselves for the better requires changing our speech, thoughts, and actions. That is why this text suggests that we do away with our old self from the former manner of life and put on the 'new man'.
Before accepting the call of Christ our life was tainted with corruption. After accepting His invitations we start to walk in the newness of life by first experiencing a regeneration and renewal of the mind. It is this renewal that then leads to a changed life of righteousness and holiness as we follow the Lord day by day.
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11 NKJV
This passage highlights the importance of being sanctified and justified. Unbelievers will not inherit the kingdom of God and that is why each individual has to make the personal decision to follow Christ and submit to His will.
It is through the washing of regeneration made possible by the shed blood of Christ that we are cleansed. Daily we die to self and surrender our will and daily we become cleansed and justified.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
Committing to walk in the newness of life as you follow Christ is an excellent way to experience meaningful transformation. As you put away the things of this world and fix your gaze on Christ you become a new person. Your thoughts, actions, and desires are pointed heavenward as you look towards your new destiny.
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 NKJV
To experience lasting change sometimes requires that we carefully choose our associates. This text is a helpful reminder that we should associate with individuals who are like minded.
Righteousness and lawlessness will always be at odds with each other. In being unequally yoked, you run the risk of being lured into behaving in ways that displeases God.
If you are determined to change yourself for the better you need to examine and sever bonds with some of your friends to deny ungodliness and worldly lust. Titus 2:12 states that, "denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age".
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NKJV
In order to facilitate transformation we need to identify the wrongs we have done in the past, seek forgiveness, and determine within ourselves that we will strive to continue on a path of righteousness.
Transitioning from bad to good requires a cleansing that only Christ can accomplish in us.
This is why Jeremiah 13:23 asks the question, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil?"
It is through the aid of the Holy Spirit that we are able to change our minds and conduct from bad to good. The unseen Spirit works behind the scenes to bring about noticable and lasting transformation.
John 3:8 states that, "The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Bible verses about changing the world
We can change the world through acts of kindness and being advocates of peace. This will help others to better live together as they prepare for the earth made new. Be encouraged as you read these scripture passages and find hope that this world will one day pass away.
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 NKJV
The world today is riddled with animosity, political and economic tension, wars and rumors of war. This is why there is a great need for lasting and enduring peace.
You can make a difference and contribute to changing the world simply by being a peacemaker. Let your conversations with your friends, family members, and associates be seasoned with grace instead of filled with anger. Compromise to avoid conflicts, and let your conduct be acceptable and perfect as you exemplify Christ in all that you do.
By being a peacemaker you are allowing yourself to be an agent of change that advocates for peace in a world of turmoil.
At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. Acts 9:36 NKJV
Tabitha used her ministry to change the world around her. She saw the needs of others and extended compassion as she helped them. After she was brought back to life by Peter many people had a change of heart and joined the faith.
By following the example of Dorcas you too can minister to the needs of others. Your ministry will extend the love of God while helping others to have a renewed mindset as they aspire to live by faith
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 2 Peter 3:10 NKJV
This passage points to a future where the world will be changed by fire. Even though no one knows the actual day or time of this grand event, one thing is certain. This seemingly graphic end time event points to a time of hope and eternal glory.
We have this hope that this earth will pass away and all those who are steadfast in faith will receive the blessing of inheriting the new earth.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. ⁴And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:1,4 NKJV
This scripture speaks about God's plan of changing this world and replacing it with a perfect one free from the burdens and challenges of sin.
This current world is marred by death, destruction, sadness, pain, sickness, worry and crying. In the world to come all these things will be no more. All we need to experience the joys of this blissful home is to live a life that does not conform to this world while altering our hearts and minds to dwell on things above.
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain," Says the Lord. Isaiah 65:25 NKJV
This prophecy points to times of change where the ills of this world will be remedied. Hurt and destruction will be replaced by happiness and joy. There will be peace and tranquility instead of aggression and dominance. Sin will be no more in this land characterized by holiness.
The servants of God who endure the trials of this world with patience will enjoy the blessing of living in a world of uninterrupted bliss where the Lord himself shall reign forever.
Bible stories about changing from bad to good
There are many stories that show how individuals in the Bible transformed after coming in contact with God. The stories of Paul, the people of Nineveh, and many others can help you to embrace the transformation to grow spiritually as you depend on the steadfast love of God to manifest real change in your life.
Saul the prosecutor to Paul the apostle (Acts 9)
Saul had one mission, to capture and prosecute individuals who believed in the Messiah. He was on a mission to do just that when He had the life changing experience on the road to Damascus.
Paul changed from the prosecutor who meant bad news to the advocate who nurtured and nourished the early church. He provided wise counsel as he edified and encouraged others to change their hearts, minds, and lives as they followed Jesus.
The people of Nineveh (Jonah 1 and 3)
The people of Nineveh were described as wicked in Jonah chapter 1. That is why God sent Jonah to tell them to repent. The people were very receptive to Jonah's warning and declared a fast.
God spared the city of Nineveh because its inhabitants, repented, praise His holy name, and changed their wicked ways
David and Uriah (2 Samuel 11 and 12)
David desired Uriah's wife and slept with her. After she became pregnant he came up with a plan to kill Uriah in order to cover up what he did.
David acknowledged to the prophet Nathan that he had sinned. Afterwards he had a total change of heart and mind. Many of the Psalms express David's change of heart as he pleads to God to have compassion on him.
Daniel in the Lion's Den (Daniel 6)
The steadfast faith of Daniel and the faithfulness of God for keeping Him safe in the lion's den evoked a change of heart in Darius.
This story illustrates how a bad situation turns to good. Daniel was cast into the lion's den for his steadfast love of the Lord. God turned things around and in the end His name was glorified and the plans of those who tried to hurt Daniel was smashed.
The faith of Darius in Daniel's God was solidified after the scenario in the lion's den. He changed from unbelief to proving God as trustworthy and true.
Prodigal Son (Luke 15)
This parable is an excellent example of how a change of heart can remedy a bad situation into a good one.
The prodigal son was selfish, inconsiderate, and a poor steward of time, talent, and money. After finding himself in a state of want he changed from pompous to remorseful. He assumed a mindset of humility and returned home to ask his father for forgiveness.
We can learn from this parable that it's never too late to have a change of heart or a renewed mindset.
Final thoughts on Bible verses about change
Change is always taking place but it is not necessarily a bad thing. From these Bible verses we see how: a renewed mindset, a transformed heart, or even the new world to come are important things that make the christian journey a more joyful and rewarding one.