"But that isn't what you learned about Christ. Since you have you have learned about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy."
Paul wrote these words to the church at Ephesus in the 1st century. He deeply loved his Family in Christ, and was not afraid to speak openly about sin and error. As Christians, we should strive to be living and breathing examples of our faith. Our thoughts, attitudes, and actions towards others should reflect God's grace toward us.
For Steve and I, many of our negative behaviors began to fall away once we rededicated our lives to God. It wasn't an overnight process, but just perfect according to God's timing.
As God began to purify our hearts, we didn't have to fight these changes. Many past behaviors and attitudes that had helped us cope began to leave a bad taste in our mouth. We'd been asleep for so long, God started to open our eyes to a new way to live and the true rewards of life - marriage and family!
Our story is a work in a progress, but it is a personal testimony of God's grace. I can promise you this, the more that you're willing to give up to God for him to work with, the more he's going to change you in incredible ways that will never leave you feeling disappointed.
That new nature will never leave you feeling empty and it will never leave you yearning for the old ways of the past.
The enemy wants you to be so focused and fearful of what you have to lose, that you'll be blind to everything you have to gain.
Don't fall for it, friends.
We don't believe in a small God. He is the King of the World, and waiting to transform your marriage, family, and life in ways you can't possibly imagine.