"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
I was walking through Central Park in NYC Sunday afternoon with a friend, and he asked me if I considered myself a nice person.
“Yes,” I said. “For the most part.”
“Do you consider yourself a nice person?” I teased.
My eyes began to widen. “So you’re a mean person?” I asked.
“No, I don’t believe mean is the opposite of nice,” he explained. “My definition of nice is when you always going out of your way to help people."
He looked away. "I’m not like that. I can be nice, but I’m not always nice.”
“Interesting,” I thought.
When I got back to my house that evening, I wondered at what point in his life did my friend begin to define himself as “not a nice person.”
I wondered about some of the things that I've defined myself as over the years...
And the list goes on.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, and a new life has begun.
When we come to Christ, we have a new identity. We can change the narrative in our minds because our past does not define us.
You may have been unorganized, lazy, “not nice,” and always late yesterday, but today is a new day and you can be a better person.
Some changes may not happen overnight. You may have to put a lot of effort into fighting the old you. But with God, you can do all things!
Give your labels to God, and change your narrative:
I am God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
God is developing the fruit of the Spirit in me: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
I am loved (Romans 5:8).
God didn’t give me a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Those aren’t just affirmations, they are Biblical truths.
You are NOT defined by your past, mistakes, or the labels that people have placed on you. In Christ, you have a new identity.
Walk in victory with a new narrative!
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