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A Radical Transformation

When we begin to abide in Christ and He abides in us, our lives start to undergo a radical transformation.  In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul describes this as "being transformed" into the very image of our Lord, verse 18.  Our actions, behavior, thoughts, and attitudes begin to change.  This is not because we have decided to be good people but because of Christ's transforming presence living in us.  This transformation will dramatically change the way we relate to others, ALL others.
 
In Galatians 5:22-23 Paul pointed to specific character traits that are the direct result of the Spirit of God.  He said, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control."  All of these fruits are character issues that change the way we relate to others, ALL others. 
 
If we focus every aspect of our daily living on our relationship with Him and on obeying Him, the fruit will come, just as He desires.  The key here is EVERY aspect of our daily lives from morning to evening, from first awakening to lying back down to sleep at night must be focused on our relationship with Him.  There can be no other way.  There are no shortcuts.  Our focus cannot be on earning money, keeping a job, getting ahead or keeping up with the proverbial Joneses, the nice big home, property, anything of this life.  Rather, our complete and total focus must be on His commandments, there are only two.  If we fail in this, we may well, as Paul tells us, run the race and not obtain the prize.
 
May His blessing and peace be upon you and yours.

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