I don’t know about you, but there are many things I would like to transform in my mind. Yes, the Lord has continually been renewing my thoughts, reasonings, emotions, responses, and perspective throughout my life, and always for the better, but I know that I am still a work in progress. He will keep refining me until the day I head home to Heaven or the day that Jesus returns to set up His Kingdom. Fortunately, the Lord is patient with me, and He is patient with you. We need to learn to be patient with ourselves. He is full of mercy and grace towards our weaknesses, and full of power and strength to help in our sanctification process. The most important thing is that there is always movement in the right direction, that we are becoming a little more like Jesus every day. With His help, sinful and selfish tendencies overcome us less and less, and holy and righteous characteristics define us more and more.
Harshness changes to gentleness, rudeness shifts to kindness, unforgiveness turns into grace, judgment makes room for mercy, gossip becomes trusted confidence, grumbling gives way to gratitude. I am hopefully reflecting His goodness more each day, with everyone who crosses my path. And I’m sure you hope this for yourself too.
The more often we deliberately set our minds on Jesus’ perspective and the more time we invest in our relationship with the Lord, the quicker and smoother our transformation is. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin so that we let go and turn from it. He plants seeds of holiness in our hearts and minds and produces fruit that represents our life in Christ much more accurately.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die." Galatians 2:20-21