As we celebrate Easter this season, generic viagra cialis let all of us who have received Christ as Lord and Savior not only thank Him for what He did on the cross, capsule but show gratitude for the work He continues to do in making us like Him (Luke 23:34&46; Romans 9:9-11; Philippians 2:13). Before Christ we were all men and women of pride. We ruled our lives as if we were our own gods. After Christ we are now becoming men and women of humility, sick because this is what Christ wants to do with each of us during our remaining days on earth (I Peter 3:8-9).
Before Christ and After Christ
Before Christ, I resented the success of my peers.
After Christ, I now find myself rejoicing in the success of my peers.
Before Christ, I was concerned about my own reputation.
After Christ, I now find myself more concerned about the reputation of others.
Before Christ I covered up my sins and hid them from God and others.
After Christ, I find that I now have no secrets from God and am more willing to admit my shortcomings before others.
Before Christ, I compared myself with others to justify my own sinfulness.
After Christ, I find myself aware of my own sinfulness as I look to Christ for holiness.
Before Christ, I was hard on others when they sinned or failed.
After Christ, I now find myself gentler in dealing with others, having sinned a lot myself.
Before Christ, I focused on my own righteousness.
After Christ, I now find myself focusing on the Lord’s righteousness.
Before Christ, I was thankful I was not like others.
After Christ, I now find myself praying for them instead.
Before Christ, I would seek contacts and the right relationships to lift up my status in order to give meaning to my existence.
After Christ, I now find myself seeking out other people because He wants me to give meaning to their existence.
Before Christ, I was in bondage to the opinions of others.
After Christ, I now find myself only in bondage to the opinions of my loving God.
Before Christ, I thought God owed me something for my goodness.
After Christ, I realize now that He owed me nothing, but gave me everything when He died for my sins.
Before Christ, I kept score and tabs of my accomplishments.
After Christ, I now let Him keep the score and move quickly to the next opportunity He provides for me.
Before Christ, I loved to give orders to others because I believed I knew what was right all the time.
After Christ, I have learned that the Spirit of God who dwells within me is the only one who knows what is right all the time.
Before Christ, I sought the recognition, attention, and applause of the world.
After Christ, I began to seek only the approval of God.
Before Christ, I was gripped with fear of disapproval.
After Christ, I have gradually given my fears over to Him, and now rest in His unconditional love.
Before Christ I defended my right to fairness to the hilt.
After Christ, I found myself giving up my rights and letting the Lord give out fairness according to His own wisdom.
Before Christ, I constantly thought about what I could accumulate.
After Christ, I began to think about how much I could live without and give to others.
Before Christ, I thought about what was best for me.
After Christ, I began to ask what was best for others, even if it was not best for me.
Before Christ, I had hidden agendas and false pretenses that would benefit me because I believed I was more important than others.
After Christ, I put away my self- serving agenda, and see others as more important than myself.
Before Christ, I wanted credit for what I had done.
After Christ, I want to give credit to God and others.
Before Christ, I was trying to prove my value and worth to others.
After Christ, I saw that God valued me enough to give up His own Son on the cross for me and there was no greater bestowed value than that.
Before Christ, I had no purpose at all, other than what I made up.
After Christ, I have nothing but purpose for He calls me His child.
Before Christ, I was lost.
After Christ, I am found.
Luke 23:34 & 46 34 But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” 46 And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.
Romans 9 9-11 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.”
Philippians 2: 13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.
I Peter 3:8-9 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.