This is so important for us to remember and think about as we call ourselves "Christians." We are called to change and live a new life, when we accept Jesus that is the start of our new lives. Our baptism says we want to unite with Christ and live to obey and please God and with that comes our living holy lives. We won't be perfect but we can be growing and showing our love by being devoted and focused on Him. Once we know Him and choose not to follow Him we are rejecting what He has done and our lives will be empty. We must stay strong and remember that our strength comes from the Lord.
I like what we are told in 1 Thessalonians 3 verse 2-3 when Paul explains why he sent Timothy. “…we sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you are going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles.” We must understand that as followers of Jesus we have the Spirit in us to comfort us in all situations. We must not get moved by every trouble that comes our way, instead, we must be holy and different.
When we accept Jesus and realize we are different we won’t desire to be the same, we will do all things to honor the Lord and or joy for life will shine so everyone sees that Christ in our lives can make a difference. Be different and show love to all by living out what you say you believe. Amen