Can you give me your thought s on what these mean to you.
1Peter 1:13-17
So think clearly and exercise self control. Look forward to the special blessing that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ. Obey God because you are His children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God- who chose you to be His children- is holy. For He Himself has said, “you must be holy because I am holy.” And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites when He judges. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of Him during your time as foreigners here on earth.
Romans 12:1-2
And so, dear Christian friends, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind He will accept. When you think of what He has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.

danial, Thursday, 5-5-05 9:37 PM
re: Can you give me your thought s on what these mean to you.
These are really good. They feel particularly relevant to me right now. What I get out of them is to not go back to my old habits, which I won't go into listing right now, and to turn away from the ones I still hold onto, because Christ has made me new. To hold on to or turn back to those old habits means that I'm not offering my body and my life to Christ, but instead turning my back to Him and offering it to the world instead. It also tells me that someone else is not more or less guilty than me in committing a particular sin, regardless of their position or other good deeds.
, Monday, 5-9-05 9:58 PM
re: Can you give me your thought s on what these mean to you.
I agree with whoever the first person was who responded to Danial, but I wanted to add some more meanings that I get from this (especially from certain other translations).

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
I think it's good to remember that God is changing us internally (thoughts, etc.), and out actions flow from the inside. I read the "don't copy" part to also mean, don't do without thinking. It may well be that we should continue in some of our prior behaviors, but with different thoughts and motivations behind them. Or it may be that we should stop doing something that really is considered "good", because our prior motivation was wrong.

Overall, these verses are telling us to stop doing the bad things we do, and submit to whatever God's will for our lives are. We're supposed to think, and not do anything blindly, and remember that we're doing these things in response to God - not in response to the people around us.
David, Tuesday, 5-10-05 2:12 PM
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