You may remember, last week, that we were reminded of just how much God delights in doing new things! Through Christ we can become ‘new creations’. 2 Corinthians encourages that ‘if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come’ (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is one of my favourite scriptures, reminding me to purposefully walk in the newness of my life in Christ.
There is no bigger contradiction than someone professing to be a follower of Jesus yet walking in old ways: pursuing old habits, using negative language, justifying forgiveness, lacking in generosity or displaying little spiritual fruitfulness. We all have times when we fall short and, at these times, our ‘newness’ in Christ creates sensitivity in our spirit leading us to a place of sincere apology and consequent forgiveness.
It is when we give ‘breathing room’ to the old nature that we compromise the newness that Jesus facilitated and bestowed upon us; the two things are poles apart! The Holy Spirit emphasises the new life we can have in Christ. He comes to counsel, teach and remind us of Jesus’ words (John 14:26), all of which help us to live in the newness of our Christian life.
The Holy Spirit also wants to regularly renew our reliance on and desire for the things of God, and it’s in choosing to follow this path, where the ‘old’ loses its appeal and the pursuit of the ‘new’ becomes our passion and delight, that we can discover true freedom in Christ!