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Who am I now? Day 25

I am no longer who I was.
I am becoming the person my God created me to be.
 
1 Peter 1:21-23 (NLT)
Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And because God raised Christ from the dead and gave Him great glory, your faith and hope can be confidently placed in God. Now you can have sincere love for each other as brothers and sisters because you were cleansed from your sins when you accepted the truth of the Good News. So see to it that you really do love each other intensely with all your hearts.
 
Ephesians 4:14-24 (NLT)
Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth. Instead we will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church. Under His direction the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts to grow, so that the whole body is healthy and full of love.
 
With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed.
 
But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about Him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display the new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy and true.
 
1 Peter 2:1-5 (NLT)
So get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing. You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
 
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but He is precious to God who chose Him. And now God is building you, as living stones, into His spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please Him because of Jesus Christ.
 
As we spend time with God, learning from His Word and our fellow saints we are growing into the likeness of Christ. We are coming more and more into the fullness of who God has really made us to be,walking daily in His mercy and grace, loved completely as we continue to grow.

  

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Laurie Gorrell on Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:43 AM
"hold to the truth in love"..... "love each other intensely"..... "whole body is healthy and full of love".... To love like Christ loved makes us vulnerable to rejection as Christ was rejected. It seems safer to protect myself from being vulnerable by setting up a life of rules and regulations and calling it "relationship" - but that way always leads to hypocricy, greed, back-stabbing, lust, deception.... a life that denies the ministry of Christ.
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Maureen on Sunday, January 30, 2011 9:28 AM
I agree, Laurie. Love is a choice. We must chose to love as Christ did, and not expect to receive it back in return. Prayerfully our love WILL be returned, but that shouldn't stop us from the walk that is set before us as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to be Jesus with skin on to a world that won't always understand or agree with our way of life. To love one another with the love of Jesus is a gift that needs to be shared with ALL, not just the "easy people" in our life. No rules, no regulations, just love. The good news about this is that we don't have to love perfectly, we just need to make the choice to love and then let God do the rest.

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