Ephesians 4: 22-25 “ Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away falsehood, let every one speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
When I look back at my old self I can surely relate to the first part of this scripture. I was a very disrespectful and lost person. The world offered me falsehoods, and temporary satisfaction in which I used as an escape from my pain. Being involved in things that were evil just opened up the door for the devil to come into my life which caused my heart to become hard. I would get angry when people would speak truth and goodness into my life which made me face my sins. No one knew what I was going through or how I felt, so I thought…
Then I met Jesus and allowed him to come into my heart. Slowly he started a work in my heart and my life started to take shape. I began to face the truth and repented of my former ways. Today, I am still a work in progress but I can look back and recognize how far I have come. Truth spoken to us can be painful but it was something I know I needed to hear. Running away from our problems can never solve them, we need truth to be able to grow in our relationship with Jesus.
Thank you for all you have done in our lives. I pray for those who are afraid to look deep into their hearts and face their pain. I pray for healing over them and ask that the Holy Spirit brings them closer to you. Amen.