II Cor. 5:17 tells us that when we are in Christ, all things have become new. Transformation is the forceful power of death and then life. Saul died. Paul was alive to do God’s will. God does not forgive the old man, because the old man is dead. Salvation is of the spirit, not of the body. Heb. 5:14. You can get your body to respond before your mind does. When you get saved, your mind does not get saved. You still have memories; you have to renew your mind. Your spirit is what gets saved. You are spirit, have a soul, and live in a body. Your emotional state is not your identity. Heb. 4:12 tells us that the Word of God divides the soul and the spirit. You can’t trust your emotions, because they can change. What you have is not your identity. The real you is inside of you; it’s your heart. You are the sum total of all that Jesus gave you. It’s not what happens to you that makes you what you are, but it’s what you do in response to what happens to you. In Matt. 15:19 Jesus said that out of the heart come evil thoughts. In Gal. 5:19 Paul is speaking to born-again people and said that the works of the flesh are evil. Before you are saved, evil comes out of your heart, but after salvation, evil comes out of your flesh. John 3:16, 17 God loves you! He loves sinners. God sent Jesus to the world that the world through Him might be saved. Don’t condemn people. He wants to set people free and to make them clean.
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