Child of God… A New Attitude

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God?children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband?s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).

I’ve read and reread this verse. My silent response was always, “Yes but, I’ve got a past.” Hey, I ain’t your perfect Christian lady, sitting on the third row of the center pew. In fact, I was a lady who made more than my share of wrong decisions and bad choices, a condemned woman in the eyes of the Pharisees. Why, I could have been stoned 2,000 years ago. Did I mention I’m also a sinner?

The truth of the matter is that until I began to experience abundant grace and understand the “born of God,” I disqualified me. But, Jesus didn’t.

Here’s the truth: Our pasts do not disqualify us. I’ve discovered it doesn’t matter who we were, or what we’ve done. It matters that God wants to give us a hope-filled future.

I’ve also discovered that we really shouldn’t wait until we get that problem fixed, get through that divorce, or get our act together. First, because it is impossible to be perfect. Next, in God’s family it is more than acceptable to come as we are, baggage and all.

When we welcome Jesus as Lord in our lives, we can experience a new beginning?complete with a past that has been wiped clean, a bright future, and a healthy attitude.

Through faith, the Holy Spirit transforms our identities into that of Christ’s. We receive new life from God. God changes us from the inside out. And, over time, we will experience evidence in our lifestyles and attitudes. We will see patience, gentleness, kindness, and love become a natural part of our life, our entire spiritual selves will daily become more like Christ.

Today, I have a new attitude filled with abundant grace, a new identity, and deep gratitude.

I hope you too will accept the precious gift of God.

Until next week,

Jan (a work-in-progress)
Jan Coates is an author, speaker, consultant, founder of Set Free Today and serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery®.

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