Post written by Raymund Tamayo
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“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
The moment we enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit starts to re-new us – our personality, our behavior, our judgment – into becoming more like Christ.
The old things that we use to enjoy wouldn’t give us pleasure anymore.
The first thing you will notice in a newly-“born” Christian is his changed life. It is the very first sign that a person sincerely accepted Jesus Christ in his life.
Otherwise, if there is no change, if he still does the things that don’t give pleasure to God, he is only religious and superficial.
The change can be gradual or abrupt, but it will definitely be progressive.
God will never push Himself into us, that’s how gentle He is! He has all the power to make us what He wants us to be in an instant, but He still gives us our own free will. He wants us to love Him because we really do and not because we are forced to.
The authentic testimony of a believer is his changed life. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your heart and to impress to you the changes He made and is still making in you towards Christlikeness.