Finding new life in a relationship with the Lord
Published 9:26 am Wednesday, July 12, 2023
I was always a religious person, but didn’t have a relationship with Jesus. I attended church weekly with my family and thought that was being a Christian. It wasn’t until I was challenged at age 45 about being born-again that my eyes were opened.
It was on the second Sunday of October, 1980, that I realized being religious (going to church) was a good practice to know about God, but still, not having a relationship with His Son, Jesus, is what the Bible talks about when you’re born-again.
When I became born-again, I knew I was a different person. The Bible says that
you become a new person and the old Harold is dead. It was then that I became a Christian.
Being a Christian felt good. My thoughts and actions changed. God immediately took away my vulgar mouth. I was forgiven for all that I had done and felt free.
I wanted my family and friends to feel what I had experienced. I didn’t realize it at first, but I became self-righteous. I began thinking highly of myself and while trying to
witness to others, I turned off a few people. I then heard someone say that God has more tolerance for an honest sinner than a self-righteous Christian.
The only performance that makes any of us acceptable to God is based on Christ’s performance on the cross. The righteousness that saves us is imputed – not earned. We don’t have any right to be self-righteous.
I would like to think that I’ve matured as a Christian.
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