2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (AMP) 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom]. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit
The greatest transformation in God changes us into who He wants us to be. Transformation is a process and does not take place overnight. Don’t be discouraged about not being where you think you should be but be excited about the growth that you’ve had in your life. I know that I’m nowhere near where I need to be but I also know that I’ve come a long way.
Romans 3:23-24 (AMP) 23 since all have sinned and continually fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are being justified [declared free of the guilt of sin, made acceptable to God, and granted eternal life] as a gift by His [precious, undeserved] [a]grace, through the redemption [the payment for our sin] which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
Our goal is to walk in love and to put away selfishness and living a self-centered life. Not being selfish does not mean not loving ourselves – God loves us and we need to love ourselves and accept that we will make mistakes. We all fall short of the glory of God. We cannot let the mistakes be a stumbling block in our goal to live more God-centered life. We will never experience transformation if we do not learn who we are in Christ and begin to walk in that. God’s grace gives us the ability to continue on in life even though we do stupid things throughout the day.
No offense, but we will never perform perfectly every day. This flesh wants to do what it wants to do and it is tough to resist every single temptation that comes our way each day. That doesn’t mean go out to aim to sin every day but it does mean don’t wallow in self-pity when you mess up.
We are loved by God – mistakes, rotten behavior, and all. God loves us no matter how good or bad we are. We don’t earn God’s love with good behavior. God doesn’t love us because of what we do but because of who He is. So when we make a mistake we have a God who will accept our repentance and help us to move forward and try again to do better the next time we are faced with the same situation. Do your best each day, and let God do the rest.
Ephesians 3:17-18 (AMP)17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, 18 be fully capable of comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love];
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God to let Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen