Friday, August 6, 2010

New You

One of the lovely results of living in Truth is that all things, including your past, become new to you. Christ changes you and your life. As Paul explains it, “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). This is so true.

As we let go of hurts and offenses and negative ways of viewing the world, we make room in our hearts for new thoughts and new emotions. And through those new thoughts and emotions we see our past, our present, and our future differently. Instead of seeing how we were hurt, we see how others were hurting. Instead of feeling victimized, we feel remorse for what we did to contribute to poor relationships or situations.

At first this sounds like merely an exchange of bad feelings, but it is a release. As we let go of heavy, painful things, we experience an escape from bondage and unnecessary pain. We climb out of the dark Pit into the light of Truth and joy where we are free to express our true selves and feel and use the power of positive emotions to shape our lives and interact with others.

Letting old things pass away—handing them over to the Savior to take care of instead of carrying the burden of them around ourselves—is freedom. The death of the negative allows the birth of the positive.


Miss Amy said...

I love the physical analogies of death and birth. It makes sin and repentance more clear in my mind. Thank you for this post! :) Glad your overseas trip was SO wonderful! I loved your photos!

Anonymous said...

I so want and need to do this. It sounds so easy and makes such sense. I know I am living in unnecessary pain and hurt. I see clearly but I don't know how to let go and move on.

I know give to the Savior. I believe he can and will take my pain away but I always get stuck on how to let him. If that makes sense.

Thank you for blogging and for making me think and for helping me each time I read your posts.

Wendi said...

Is it just me (with the bipolar roller coaster I travel) or does this sometimes happen in a cycle, rather than a one time event? Kind of like the Book of Mormon cycle of righteousness and pride. It seems like the Savior helps me to become a new me quite frequently as I go through different phases of my life. I sure do appreciate this process. :)