Did you know God has already given you everything you need? All that you need to succeed and prosper is already yours1 2 Peter 1:3 says: “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness…”

God works in us the desire and ability to do what pleases Him (Phil 2:13). All we need to do is work it out. But how do we do that? Romans 12:2 says: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

That word transformed is translated from the Greek word metamorphoō. That is where we get our English word metamorphous from. Metamorphous is a process of radical transformation, like when a caterpillar is changed into a butterfly.

The caterpillar is a bit of a hideous creepy crawly. But whatever is needed for the caterpillar to become a beautiful, majestic, flying butterfly is already on the inside of it. God has worked in the caterpillar the desire and ability to be a butterfly; the caterpillar just needs to work it out. It does this by going through a radical transformation process.

In the same way, everything that you need to be who God has made you to be is already on the inside of you. Jesus Christ is living in you! That is the mystery of the Gospel (Colossians 1:27). You just need to go through a process of transformation. This happens as you simply renew your mind by looking into the Word of God at who you are in Christ, what you can do in Christ and what you have in Christ.

Start the transformation process with Charis Bible College Heidelberg WC today. Phone 028-7222701. Email: enquiries.hb.wc.za@awmcharis.com.

Ever wonder how other people get themselves into the messes they are in? What about you? Ever wonder why you keep getting into these difficult situations?

I want to offer the possibility that it might be because of our self focused decisions that have lead us here. It may sound harsh but think about it. When was the last time you were in an argument or upset?  Were your actions selfless love for the other person? From experience I am guessing probably not.

The fact is we all have our wants, likes, etc. However so does everyone else. For any relationship to work we have to be willing to go that extra mile for someone else. So why not try?

The truth is it is difficult to put others first, in some areas its easy and even a pleasure, but in others it is actually really difficult sometimes even painful. Letting someone have their choice of a movie might be an easy thing to choose in love, but giving grace to a spouse that is under pressure at work and forgets an anniversary, not quite easy.

Why? Why is it harder to love them? I believe the reason is because it hurts more when our spouse forgets our anniversary than when they choose a movie.

So really we are battling ourselves not them. Yes they may have messed up and really hurt us but we have a choice. To love them. And Christ Himself saw to it that you have the Spirit in you that is able to love anyone, anytime, anywhere.

So today and the rest of the week be aware that God has enabled you to love every difficult person, even those closest to us and give grace to everyone that hurt you. Choose love today. And remember that the only thing stopping you from loving that person is your own self hurt.

Make the decision to love the other person and I guarantee that your relationships will be so much healthier and stronger as the Lord ministers His grace and mercy through you as you choose the selfless act of putting others first.

God’s Abundant Blessings,

Dayne Smith