I started a WordPress; I’m leaving the world of blogspot in the past.
It reminds me of a verse i have read many times in the past few weeks, in preparation for a sermon on November 1. That passage is 2 Corinthians 5:17. It reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, ⌊he is⌋ a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”
When someone finds Christ, old things disappear. Death turns into life; orphan-hood turns into adoption; pauper-life turns into prince-life (or princess-life). Doubt turns into faith; fear turns into courage; darkness turns into light. Mourning turns into joy; blood turns into snow. hatred turns into love.
While many of these things happen instantly when a person finds Christ, sometimes we have a tendency to regress for a long time. At least i do. A person’s entirely unintentional action that is perceived as a grievance towards you can lead to bitterness, jealousy, anger, hatred, violence, and any other number of sins (especially if you forget that all things have been made new).
Second Corinthians 5:17 is in the midst of a section (labelled in the HCSB) about “the ministry of reconciliation.” As the whole book shows, this ministry is more than just initial salvation, but rather the entirety of life for those who call themselves believers. We are to be reconciled to one another at all times; when we find that we are not reconciled, we must re-reconcile.
So, new things are here. I plan to strive to live out of them by the power of the Holy Spirit. This means no more holding grudges, no more spiteful comments—behind a back or in front of a face—no more blaming other people for my struggles in life. It is time to follow Jesus and actually believe Him when He says that ALL things have become new. My attitude is part of ALL.
Soli Deo Gloria