I know what I would have told my friend in years past. I know what I would have wanted. And I know what I would have done as far as my loved one was concerned. In open rebellion, I would have been filled with pride, arrogance, condemnation, judgment, criticism, bitterness, hurt, fear, anger, control and manipulation – my mainstays for years.
And though I still fall so very far short daily in my walk with the Lord, my heart has changed. Why? Because God has changed it. He took the hardness off it, He renews my mind as I study the Bible, and He is ever transforming my heart and life. I still require incalculable amounts of God’s love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and strength, and I still need to repent and repent and repent again, but something has changed. To be perfectly precise, I have.
For I have come to despise my sin, and to desire above all else to love and serve the Lord with every ounce of my heart. And the compassion I now find I have more and more of the time, it is the compassion He gives me. One of my biggest prayers for myself is that God would help me to be humble as He has called us all to be. I have come to hate my own pride, and am committed to rid myself of it as soon as the Lord shows me I have fallen into it again.
God could have given up on me so very long ago, but instead He has seen fit to take me as I am and to change me into the woman He created me to be.
When you look in the mirror, do you see the person God created you to be? We are born again when we repent and believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. But this is just the beginning. Once we are born again, we are saved from God’s wrath and promised eternal life. But we must not stop here. This is our new beginning. We need to grow. And this growth comes by studying the Bible and applying it to our lives so God can change us into the people He has created us to be. His.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: