Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/20/13

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  (2 Cor. 5:17)

It matters not who we were before Christ came into our life, for in Christ we are made new. In Christ we are given a new identity. Once we may have been a deceiver, a liar, a cheat, a sinner, like Jacob, but when Christ comes into our life we receive a new identity, a new name; we become one of the Lord’s beloved, a child of God, like Jacob became Israel, a Prince with God. With Christ, with our life committed to Christ, we move from sinner to saint, not that we become perfect, but we become a new being; we become one in the spirit with the Lord. We have a new standing; we become what we were meant to be.

May the Lord bless you to grow in His love and grace each and every day.

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