“Transform” in the dictionary (verb) is described as “to make a marked change in the form, nature or appearance”
Our theme this week at my Lord my Friend has been on transformation. As I look back over the last 40 years of walking with the Lord, I can see the many ways He has worked in my life (nature) to bring more of His nature to light in me. It is a continuing process and as I yield to Holy Spirit in me, He shows me how to let go of stubbornness and willful contrariness (part of my Irish heritage I think ),and I learn to walk in obedience, which brings more of the peace of God as I learn to rely and trust in His goodness and wisdom.
Some admonitions from the Apostle Paul to the believers ;
‘”do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”……Romans 12:2
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy” Ephesians 4:23-24 NLT
“Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him” Colossians 2:10 NLT
I find that each day, and often throughout the day, I choose to remember to put on my new nature, the nature of my Lord and Friend, which is that of agape love, and all the fruit of the Spirit. Instead of retaliating when someone is angry or judging me wrongly, I can choose gentleness and a kind response; offer a listening ear and maybe a word of encouragement. We are all facing different challenges, let’s choose to allow Holy Spirit to lead us and bring change to our thoughts and attitudes. We are being changed from glory to glory.
His way is perfect!
Grace and peace.