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Acting Like New Creations

When I first became a Christian 22 years ago, the LORD changed many things in me.  The first thing to go was my potty mouth.  I’m embarrassed to admit that I often used the LORD’s name in vain and used many vulgar words.

Many other things changed in my life as I read the Bible and studied with other believers.  My anger disappeared as did my gossiping.  I was calmer with my children and enjoyed life more.  Sure there were struggles and I continue to have struggles, but staying in His Word gives me the desire to turn away from my old life.

Professing Christians are allowing more and more of the world in.  I have been in churches where couples who are living together are allowed to teach Sunday school.  I have a Christian friend who told me that she wouldn’t wait for remarriage to sleep with someone.  Many of my friends have adult children or grandchildren who are turning away from the ways of God and living sinful life-styles.

In 1 Corinthians 5, the Apostle Paul wrote about this very issue and what we’re supposed to do with Christians who continue to sin:

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.  For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?  God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”
1 Corinthians 5:11-12 (ESV)

Believers should be new creations.  This doesn’t mean that we now have freedom to keep on sinning or that we won’t sin — it means we strive to be more like Christ.  If we truly love Him and say we are His, we will turn away from our sin.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for being a Wonderful Creator!!  Thank You for all You’ve created on this planet in order for us to live and for Your amazing beauty around us!! Thank You for Your sweet, sweet fellowship.  Thank You for each new day to serve You.  Father, please forgive me when I sin and please show me areas of my life that I need to change.  Please show me, Holy Spirit, how to be a new creation.   Please guide me to lovingly help Christian friends/family who have gone back to old ways.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray, for God’s glory.  Amen.  

Choose not to be smelly

pleasing aroma

Have you ever known someone whom you didn’t see eye to eye with?  Maybe this person’s words and actions irritated you so much that you couldn’t stand to be around them? 

There have been several people in my life where our personalities clashed and we didn’t get along.  Most of them were arrogant men — men who weren’t very kind, were know-it-alls, and were very bossy to all the women in their lives.   Right now there’s a woman I know who acts very similar.  Our personalities differ so much and some days it seems like she says things just to get me angry.   

As I was reading the Bible this week, she came to mind when I read the Apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 2:14 – 15 reminding us of our aroma:   “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.  For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

I wasn’t reminded of her, but of my own actions and words towards her.  Ouch. 

If we are to be fragrant as we spread the knowledge of Christ, we have to not be offensive (or stinky!) in our dealings with others.  Of course, that doesn’t mean we have to agree with what others are saying, but we must choose our words carefully.

I realize that this is a spiritual battle and I let my guard down.  I choose NOT to be smelly and to pray each day asking God to help me when I respond to her. 

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Thank You, Father, for Your Word.  Thank You, Jesus, for Your example to us when You were here on earth.  Thank You for loving me in spite of how I fail You each day.  Please forgive my horrible stench — my actions and words sometimes do not show You working in me, and I repent of this sin.  Please guide me each day to be a pleasing aroma so that others may see You.  In Jesus’ name I ask this so that You may be glorified.  Amen.