Thought of the Day June 5, 2019 Be renewed

By 9:33 AM

Baptism in the Spirit "is not an event in and of itself but rather the beginning of a journey whose aim is the profound renewal of life" of each Christian and of the whole Church.

Ephesians 4:23-24: “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds and  . . . clothe yourselves with the new self.

Romans 12:2 And do not choose to be conformed to this age, but instead choose to be renewed in the newness of your mind, so that you may choose to do the will of God: what is good, pleasing and perfect.

Renewing ourselves” means striving to have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had (see Philippians 2:5), striving for a “new heart.”

How is this to be done?  Titus, addresses that precise issue. He says that God “saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

It is the action of the Lord that renews us. It is the distinct role and mission of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us and to empower us with the specific gifts which helps us to be holy as the Lord is holy.

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