Over the last week, I’ve been doing a lot of editing on one of the novels I’ve been writing. I’ve been working on this novel for several years, and I just realized about a year ago that I no longer liked the direction it was taking. Therefore, I’m now taking the initiative to edit the work I’ve done so far, and rewrite the parts that I wish to change. Throughout the editing process, I can’t help but think of the fact that Jesus goes through the same type of process with us once we ask for forgiveness.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” -2 Corinthians 5:17
Jesus begins the editing process in us whenever we accept His gift of eternal salvation, which we can do by asking Him to cleanse us of our sins and guide us in our daily lives. Whenever we ask Jesus to do this for us, He talks to God and makes intercessions for us, and works with us to transform our behavior from that of a lost sinner to that of a new creature in Christ. The editing process for new Christians is not an easy one, due to the fact that Jesus will guide you through some extreme changes to keep you from falling back into sin, if you ask Him to do so. For example, if you are friends with people who are involved in drugs and alcohol, Jesus will work with you to end those relationships. It may seem as if you’ve lost a lot whenever you delete these friendships; I know that’s how I sometimes feel when I delete a portion of a story that no longer works with my new plot ideas. Nevertheless, whatever we lose will be no where near as wonderful as what we will gain through Christ.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
The word Salvation literally means “a source or means of being saved from harm, ruin, or loss.” Therefore, while Jesus is editing out our old sinful behavior, He is also saving the work He’s doing every step of the way. Whenever we ask Jesus to forgive us from our sins, He doesn’t forget about His promise the next time we mess up, and doesn’t revoke our salvation privileges when we sin again, no matter which sin it is. Jesus remembers the fact that we’ve asked Him to come into our lives and transform them, and that acknowledgement stays with Him forever. No, this does not give us the right to sin as we please once we ask Jesus for salvation; that’s where the editing process comes in. As long as Jesus knows that deep down we fear the judgment of God and truly want to live to please God despite our slip-ups, then He will always be willing to continue cleansing our sins.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” -John 5:24
We Can’t Do This Ourselves
The thing about life is that we can’t go back and edit our pasts ourselves. If we could, there would be many people I would go back and avoid talking to in my past, and I would lead myself away from situations that have caused me to sin against God. But, we don’t have that ability for a reason. God allows us to go through difficulties and sin in order to show us that we need to rely on Him and His guidance instead of our own. God doesn’t let us have the power to edit and save our own lives, because that’s the very reason He sent Jesus to die on the cross years ago.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Sometimes, we’re going to think about our pasts and cringe with regret, wishing we could go back and change what happened ourselves. If you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, don’t fret, for He has already done that for you! Jesus has edited your heart and saved your soul, so you no longer have to worry about all of the evidence of sin you’ve left behind in the past, because He has deleted it from your file once you asked for salvation!
Good night, and God bless!
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