Giving up has always had a negative connotation to it. Our whole lives, we have been told "don’t give up" and you will succeed, overcome, or just outlast a thing - whatever it was. For the most part, it is a good rule to live by.
There is an area where we are told to give up and give in, but it goes against our old nature which makes it difficult to achieve. Giving in to God's will and God's plan.
Seems simple enough and doable but the actual execution of this "most noble idea," in reality, is catastrophic to our will. All you need to do is decide to live only according to God's will and shortly thereafter you will see the light. Actually living for God is amazingly hard and will test every ounce of your character.
2 Corinthians 5
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
We are new creations but my brain doesn’t feel and different. You may even feel like you have been to heaven or walking on a cloud but the same old stuff will need to be taken to the cross. Am I really different? Well, in fact, I am different; inside I was changed. The bondage to sin was destroyed; I just can see it yet. I have changed so much, now I am pre-dispositioned to righteousness. That means as the new nature begins to operate, my inclination will be to do the right thing. I just need to give in to it. I need to give up on my old thinking and old habits. Many are willing to go this far but it gets messy that learning the will of God for me is more difficult that I thought. Reading the Word and endurance is the key.
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
On the cross Jesus said “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” and part of the change to the new creation is to become forgivers like Jesus and this is where there can be trouble.
Forgiving can be a strain on the new man but you must push through. Do not stop here because your almost acting like the new creation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
I have never thought of myself as becoming the righteousness of God. It seems a little lofty for me, but I have learned that I am who He says I am which allows my soul to give in to the righteousness of God. I allow myself to be released into the new man made in His image. I am in agreement with God and thus, in His will for me. My new nature will come forth and lead the way.
My wife Karen once told me a revelation she had gotten from God, “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been different.” Whatever path we have come, we are all here today and that path lead us here to God's arms. That the whole purpose of life in the first place!
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