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The Good Seed - Friday, July 3, 2020
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If a wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed, keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.
Ezekiel 18:21; Luke 15:18

Conversion to God (2)
We have been going in the wrong direction and find ourselves in a blind alley: we are lost. The sooner we retrace our path, the less time we shall lose.

A rightabout turn: that is the meaning of the word “conversion”. This is no theory, no mere outward restoration, but a complete inner transformation of the heart. If someone changes his behaviour outwardly, improving it in one point, that is not conversion. Conversion and the new birth connected with it mean: our moral being is radically healed, and that naturally has an effect on our behaviour.

Conversion does not consist in changing one’s religion, but in adopting a completely new stan­dard of values. We are not what we were before. We have a new source of energy with fresh hopes and new friendships. Conversion means choosing another pathway with other objectives in view and working for a new Master. Formerly I lived only for myself, now I live for God. Formerly I was satisfied with myself, now I have recognised what a moral wretch I was. Yesterday God could only condemn me, today He sees me as justified through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ at the cross.

Conversion is a complete change in thinking and living. A new convert could say, “Until now I thought I knew what life was; now I know that I have true life.”

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Today’s reading: Leviticus 16:23-34 · Psalm 65:1-14





 


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