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
What a great reminder to read…maybe everyday ..since I often need to be reminded if I fail at something.
It’s sometimes hard to grasp the concept that we are given a new life even though we are never perfect, since we are always sinning in one way or another. But the study I’m doing called You Are Forgiven is really opening my eyes to the fact that once a sin is confessed and we repent, it is gone – gone for good! Knowing this deep in your heart and mind makes you want to be different, you want to be who you were created to be. We were all created different, so you don’t have to try to be someone else, or do more to receive love and forgiveness. We only need to be the child of God, the child he made us to be. Our loyalties now belong with a new Master, a new hope, and a new future. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions should reflect this.
“This ought to be the care of all who profess the Christian faith, that they be new creatures; not only that they have a new name, and wear a new livery, but that they have a new heart and new nature. And so great is the change the grace of God makes in the soul, that, as it follows, old things are passed away—old thoughts, old principles, and old practices, are passed away; and all these things must become new.” (Matthew Henry)
This brings me to another point that makes me think.
Are the results of God’s forgiveness evident in our lives? Do we look, and act, and talk like we are part of this world and comfortable here? I hope not! Because this world is not our true home and only God’s supernatural act of grace has the power to change the human condition. By being changed we now have been given the ability to know what is within the pleasing and acceptable will of God. Our job since being transformed and having the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is to be obedient to the will of God. Easier said than done since I know that my base nature is corrupted by this world. Yet, I feel a deep compulsion to strive to improve my thoughts, words, and deeds; making them be acts of love for Christ.
Do you struggle with accepting forgiveness? Are your thoughts, words and deeds reflecting the world or God’s principles and practices? Please share with us in the comments, I would love to read your thoughts on it.
Praise be to God. The old has gone, the new is here!