Repenting, Renewal and Rededication

“To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).

Many suppose we only repent when we first come to Christ. But repentance should occur all of our life. True repentance is less about confessing—though that is important—and more about changing. The changing begins in the mind. We change the way we think about things. Let’s hear Paul on this:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Because we battle with our sinful natures daily, we need to renew our minds each day. We must set aside selfish desires and pursue the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). When we do this, we begin to reflect God in our thinking more and more. We then look at others differently, with more compassion.

What does the world offer us?

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:15-17).

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).

The world is not the place we learn our values. Instead we look at those in the world as people to reach. As children of God heading toward the kingdom, we need to seek what God seeks (Matthew 6:33). When we do, we discover a sweet peace that transcends all understanding. We also help people discover God, which carries eternal significance. May God grant us strength to do this.

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