Thought for the Day #241
2 Corinthians 5:17††† New American Standard Bible
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
Nearly every one of us wishes that we could change ourselves at one time or another.† How nice it would be if we could erase the past, undo all of our bad experiences, change our characteristics and reform our very nature.
We all have things we wish we could do over again.† We would like to change the embarrassing experiences and the harmful mistakes.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could undo the past? We know that is impossible.† Or, is it?
Though we can never undo the past, we can change the future.† Yes, our characteristics, lifestyle, even our inherent nature can be changed.
When we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that he died to redeem us from our sins, a miraculous transformation takes place.† When We Obey the Commandment in Acts 2:38, we are changed from the old sinful nature of rebellion and disobedience to one of righteousness in Jesus Christ.
God cleanses us from every sin of the past.† He forgives every transgression.† He restores us to fellowship with him and gives us a new beginning.† We can start over with a clean record in the eyes of God.
He gives us ability to be directed by his Spirit.† He will warn us of mistakes we are about to make.† He will give us wisdom to make important decisions. The bondage of the law of sin and death is broken.† We have the ability to reject rebellion and sin. We can live a righteous, happy life that is acceptable to our heavenly Father.†
The righteousness of God in Christ has become reality to those who obey his directive concerning salvation.† †We are transformed through Jesusí sacrifice.
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for your love, grace and mercy. I know that I have the righteousness of Jesus.† I know that you have cleansed me from sin and forgiven every transgression.† Help me to live, the new life that you have given me.† I want to be more like Jesus.† Help me to abide in His righteousness.† I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my lord and Redeemer.† Amen.