"New and Improved"
June 24, 2006Email to a FriendPrint
[You] have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:10
You've seen the ads claiming that products are "new and improved." That also describes Christians.
Saint Paul talks about some of the works of the old nature: sexual immorality, impurity, evil desire, anger, malice, and slander. These words characterize the sinful nature in all people. But later Paul lists some traits of the new nature: compassion, kindness, meekness, patience, love, and harmony. That's quite an improvement! Actually, it's more than an improvement; it's a radical change brought about by the Holy Spirit, who renews us so we become more and more like Christ, our Savior.
Periodically we should look at our lives and ask which nature is most evident: the old or the new. Are our lives characterized by anger, impatience, selfishness, jealousy, and envy? Or do words like gentle, kind, and loving describe who we are?
"All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ" (Galatians 3:27). The Christian life is a constant struggle to put off the old nature, with which we were born, and to live according to the new nature, given us in Baptism. By the power of the Spirit dwelling in our hearts, God renews us, making us truly new and improved.
PRAYER: Lord, Jesus, make us new in You and like You. Amen.
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