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THE NEW SELF

THE NEW SELF

There are times when God’s laws seem crazy-hilarious to us.

It’s probably fair to say that some of them seem beyond human ability. Like, “be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” Whuuuut?! Is that even possible?!.

But perhaps that’s the point. In Jesus you have a new, different self, and when you surrender your own ability to ‘do’ Christianity, you ‘put off your old self…and…put on the new self, created to be like God…’ (vv. 22-24 NIV). Is this still true even when you have to grit your teeth and really force yourself to obey God’s laws, past your first instincts?

Yes. Living by God’s laws *will* become your instinct with time (Romans 6:17 is the verse for this.) It’s like when you’re coming around after waking from deep sleep.

It takes a while to remember who and where you are. With time you realize you are a new person.

Christian speaker Arthur Burt said, “I knew a man who always said “Keep looking down,” “You mean keep looking up, don’t you?”, “No! No! We are seated together with Christ in heavenly places!””

As Christians we are no longer our old selves. We’re new, and we’re already at home with Christ and His laws, even if it doesn’t feel that way just yet.

What now?

Next time you have the impulse to check Facebook or whatever on your smartphone, take the moment to pray for the person whose wall you were about to friend-stalk. (This is one way you can remember to ‘keep looking down’. If you think of any other ways, tell us at positivelypinoy.com/chat !)

Verse of the Day
‘…Put on the new self, created to be like God…’  Ephesians 4:24 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

February 9th, 2014

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