“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)
Paul warned Christians: “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world” that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Wise Christians decide that much worldly behaviour is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values, however, must go even deeper than just behaviour and customs; it must be firmly planted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducate, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed (see 8:5). (Tyndale Study Bible)
“Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” Just today I was faced with a situation that challenged all that old habits I had. Arrogance is the first one that comes to mind. What was your most prevalent worldly characteristic?
If we are truly renewed as Christians and walk by faith, then these worldly things should not influence us.
As I said yesterday, we can’t pretend to love. Instead, we should truly love. LOVE unconditionally, let me stress “unconditionally!” If you walk with love, these worldly traits won’t follow you.
Paul intends for us to firmly plant our minds with this behaviour. It must be an intense desire to us to live and walk this lifestyle
Don’t pretend, be truly transformed.
“Lord, I pray that you renew our minds always. I thank you for Your grace. In Jesus name. Amen”