The object then will be to make our independence a blessing. To do this we must secure our union on solid foundations; an herculean task and to effect which mountains of prejudice must be leveled! It requires all the virtue and all the abilities of the Country. ... We know each others sentiments, our views are the same: we have fought side by side to make America free, let us hand in hand struggle to make her happy.
~~Alexander Hamilton to John Laurens, August 15, 1782

TWFW: Change of Heart = Conversion

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind [that is, your intellect and will],
that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Matthew 15:18-19
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
(Notice here that what Jesus just listed the things forbidden in the Ten Commandments. Notice also that He listed "evil thoughts" first. The evil contents of man's heart produce evil desires and evil thoughts in him, and from that starting point comes the commission of the crimes.)

Luke 6:45
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Conversion is more than a change of opinion. Conversion is a change of heart, for according to the above Scriptures, the heart is the spring of action, and the spring of man's nature. Being a Christian does not mean that we sin, only our sins are forgiven forever. No; being a Christian means being fundamentally changed. Your nature is substituted for God's, and the things we practice in our meditations, words, and actions reveal the extent to which God has changed us.

3 comments:

  1. akaGaGa said...

    This is so true, Herky. And I would add that conversion is more than a change of appearance. Jesus also had quite a bit to say about hypocrites.

    Thanks for taking the time, my friend.

  2. Hercules Mulligan said...

    Hello Jean. That's a good point to add. Thanks.

    Happy TWFW! :)

  3. Mrs Mecomber said...

    Great post, Herky! It seems that humans tend to make things so complicated... but God has made it so easy, hasn't He?

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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