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By Shelle Frelo

The people around us are good at reminding us of who and what we use to be. And that we really haven’t changed at all. People say, “A Christian, come on”, “What do you mean you don’t ______ anymore, yea right”.

This is very normal especially if these are the people we use to party with, drink with, or get high with. The important thing to understand is that in Christianity “the Christian” does not need to convince anyone of who they have become in Christ.

So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in His promises, we can have real peace with Him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. – Romans 5:1 – The Living Bible

When we are truly striving to please God, He will change our lives in such a way that all those around us will know that Christ and this thing called “Christianity” is real. The “New Person” that we have become will reveal itself in time. As we walk day by day in the Holy Spirit. These changes in our lives will began small and not so noticeable to anyone but us at first. As God matures our faith through our relationship with Him (praying, meditation, bible reading, and giving us small victories) and the Holy Spirit abiding within us the changes in our life will start to be noticeable to those around us.

When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. -Galatians 5:22-23

It is because of this that we are to strive to live lives that are both pleasing and productive to God. People in general believe what they can see. When we except that we are being changed daily, we can have the boldness to say “no” to our past life. We can embrace our new lives in Christ joyfully not worrying about what others think of us. It is important that we meet with God’s approval not man’s for their opinion of us change daily.

We speak as messengers who have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He is the one who examines the motives of our hearts. -1 Thessalonians 2:4

We do not have to hold our heads in shame or argue pointlessly that we’ve changed. We can take rest that all we need do is live for Christ and He is more than capable of revealing to the world our new life in Him.

I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. – Ezekiel 36:26-27