Transformation through the love of Jesus can take us from pain to peace, from cringing to courage, from hurting to healing. And it always takes us to our fullest life possible – both here on Earth and in Heaven.
Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Jesus said…”The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus said…”In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.
But take heart! I have overcome the world!”
Jesus said…”I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live,
even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
Do you believe that the love of Jesus that brings you salvation will also bring you resurrection? Until that resurrection, do you believe that the love of Jesus is able to transform and renew your mind and, therefore, transform and renew your life, right now, right here on Earth? Do you believe it? Many of you already know my next question. What are you going to do about it?
If I believe that the love of Jesus is able to take me from pain to peace, then I must allow Jesus to enter into my deepest pain. I must open up myself to Him. In full vulnerability. In full trust. No matter what I have chosen that causes me pain or shame or regret. No matter what pain or shame or regret has come to me by the choices of other people, or by life’s circumstances. I must let Jesus hold me and fill me with His transcending peace – His peace that permeates my soul far deeper than any pain ever could.
If I believe that the love of Jesus is able to take me from cringing to courage, then I must embrace the truth that my fear is foolish in view of the almighty power and eternal presence of my Holy God. I must let Jesus transform me by His Word and Spirit so I will recognize and crush every Lie From The Pit Of Hell (LFTPOH) that would diminish and destroy me. I must let Jesus fill me with the fullness of His courage that has already overcome this broken, fear-inducing, sinful, dying world! And I must allow Jesus to help me live as He lives – victoriously!
If I believe that the love of Jesus is able to take me from hurting to healing, then I must allow the love of Jesus to transform every sense of my self-perception, at every level, in every circumstance, in every relationship, that still identifies or justifies me as being a victim. I must see myself – we all must see ourselves – from God’s transforming perspective! We are to be…
“oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.” – Isaiah 61:3
Love’s transforming power. Do you believe it? What are you going to do about it?
In love, peace and purposeful passion,