“Do you think people can change?” she asked as she leaned against her car, head cocked to one side.
“Yes,” I said. “And no.”
She raised her eyebrows and looked at me questioningly.
“We can’t change ourselves. But the Holy Spirit can transform our hearts and our lives. I believe that with all my heart, and that’s what gives me hope. That’s why we’re not ‘done’ at the point of salvation. God continues an ongoing work to mold us into the image of Jesus.”
She sighed. “I wish I believed that,” she said as she looked down at her shoes flecked with fresh-cut grass. “But I’m not sure I do.”
A Truth that Can Change Your Life
That conversation has weighed heavy on my heart. This dear friend of mine, a believer from childhood, was grappling with ugly in her heart. The kind of ugly that is in each of our hearts, whether saved or not.
Her doubt about God’s power to transform her inbred characteristics (“that’s just the way I am”) caused me to turn to the Bible to search what God says about it.
God is adamant that He can changes lives–and desires to do so!
If you’re struggling with the ugliness of sin in your own life–whether that’s yelling at your kids, holding a grudge, being stingy with others, or drowning your sorrows in the ice cream tub–there is hope in Jesus.
7 Encouraging Scriptures about Transformation
2 Corinthians 5:17–Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Ezekiel 36:26–And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
Romans 12:2–Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Philippians 1:6–And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Luke 6:43-45–“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Psalm 139:23-24–Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!
Jeremiah 32:38-40–And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
Read It. Live It.
I purposefully picked 7 verses (not more or less), to encourage you to engage Scripture each day of the week.
Here are a few ideas of what you can do with one or more of the passages:
- Read one passage every day this week.
- Pick one and study it, writing down observations and applications
- Memorize one of the passages.
- Text it to a friend.
- Write one or more verses on an index card and put them up throughout the house, on the fridge, on your bathroom mirror, next to your charging dock, above your computer, etc.
- Share it on your Facebook page.
- Write an old-fashioned letter (pen, paper, and stamp!) and include one of the passages.
- Pray the passage out loud inserting your own name in it
Invite the Holy Spirit to transform your life by engaging these encouraging Scriptures today.
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