Apr 16 – Lasting Change

“Please accept the fact that you are not going to change your father. Change has to come from within.” I read those wise words in a newspaper advice column recently. They were in response to a letter from a woman whose father was making life difficult for her. She wrote, “ He is ill-informed, opinionated, and verbally abusive. yet convinced he is right- not willing to forgive anyone who hurts him.” In her response, the columnist , whether she realized it or not, was actually giving advice that is taught in the Bible. We cannot change someone else, and true change must come from within. Matthew wrote in his gospel that “out of the heart proceed evil thoughts…” And Dr. Luke, in his gospel adds, “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” So the problem is within. We have heart trouble. But thankfully, Paul gives us the answer to our inner problem, writing, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he (or she) is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.”

Pastor Alex Rockwell
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