I am a new creation with no barriers between me and my God.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 (NLT)
"So we have stopped evaluating others by what the world thinks of them. Once I mistakenly thought of Christ that way, as though He were merely a human being. How differently I think about Him now! What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun."
When we become born again through Christ we are a new creation. We still look the same, smell the same and may even dress the same. However, on the inside something remarkable has happened and we are no longer who we were. We have been given a new heart and a new spirit. We now have the ability to live life differently than before.
The challenge most of us face, especially the older we are before we invite God to be a part of our life, is that we are good at being who we were. We still carry our old thought patterns, attitudes, our habits and behavior patterns for dealing with life and people. The closer we draw to God and accept His willingness to be a part of our life our values and priorities begin to line up with His. We start to develop new habits. This doesn't make us more acceptable. This helps us to live our best life each day. Always remember that it is our choice for how far we want to go in our relationship with God. Performance does not determine the quality of our relationship, presence does. We spend time with our God.
We have a distinct advantage in becoming a mature son or daughter of the Living God than we did growing up in the world. Our Perfect Father, Jesus, our big brother and the Holy Spirit, our guide and comforter are invested in our success. No matter what we have done or where we are in life we always have access to our God with His knowledge, wisdom and strength for us. The more we depend on God and lean on Him in every area of life the deeper our trust in Him becomes.
As a child of God we constantly bring our heavenly Father joy and He wants us to enjoy Him as well. This is about relationship and not performance. If your a parent, remember the times you had a smile watching your child as they discovered, experienced and enjoyed the life around them. When we learn to accept that we are loved for who we are and not what we do life changes. We grow more secure in our new identity. Our confidence grows as we get better at having God in the center of our life while learning how to live life to the fullest. We will find life God's way can be an adventure beyond our imagination.
Our concept of godly love, mercy and grace grow as we interact with our God replacing our interpretation of godly attributes based on our thinking. No matter what we have done wrong, how much we have been hurt by people in our life or the life circumstances we have experienced we are able to turn to our God. He will never condemn us for our errors and restores us when we are hurting and broken. As we learn from how God loves on us we become more able to express God's heart toward the people around us.
If we are only applying godly principles to our life without the benefit of a relationship with our God and our neighbors* we are shortchanging ourself. We end up getting trapped by duty, religious traditions and routines that don't bring the joy, peace and the success in living all of life God wants for us. It is only through the intimacy of a relationship that our joy abounds and we get it; that we belong to our awesome God and He belongs to us.
* The greatest commandment, Love God... and Love your neighbor... are not able to be separated. To do one we have to do the other or we are deluding ourself on the concept of love, God's way.
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