Sunday, January 1, 2012


I Am Making You into a New Person

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. 
The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 
And all of this is a gift from God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
In your old life you lived for yourself—for what brought you
temporary pleasure, for what made sense in your worldly way of
thinking and had value in your worldly way of measuring worth.
I love you far too much to let you linger in that old life. That life
is gone for good. The old you is gone for good. I’ve made you into
a completely new creation—fresh and new on the inside—blessing you with a fresh perspective about what really matters and a youthful vigor for pursuing me.
     This newness is no self-willed fix-yourself-up, become-a-betteryou self-improvement project. Your newness is not an effort I required of you but a gift from me, a work of my Spirit from start
to finish.
I know I am new, and yet I find myself so easily embracing old 
habits, old grudges, old patterns of thinking. I’m turning toward you 
today, Lord, so that I can walk in this newness of life in the words I 
speak, the thoughts I think, the pleasures I enjoy . . . 

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