The Bible is full of verses that offer hope and encouragement. Still, one of the most powerful is 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

This verse tells us that when we come to Christ, we are not just forgiven of our sins, but we are also transformed into new people. The old self, with all its sin and brokenness, is gone. In its place is a new creation, a person who is loved by God and who has the power to live a new life.

This is an amazing promise, and it is one that we can hold onto when we are feeling discouraged or weighed down by our past. No matter what we have done or been through, we can be forgiven and made new in Christ.

So if you are feeling down today, remember this verse: you are a new creation in Christ. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Here are some ways to apply this verse to your life:

 Remind yourself of your new identity in Christ. When you feel discouraged, reminding yourself of who you are in Christ can be helpful. You are a beloved child of God, a new creation, and a forgiven sinner.

— Focus on the new things God is doing in your life. Instead of dwelling on the past, look for the new things God is doing in your life. Are you growing in your faith? Are you developing new relationships? Are you being used by God to minister to others?

 Trust in God’s power to transform you. God is the one who makes us new creations. He is the one who forgives our sins and gives us a new heart. So trust in His power to work in your life and transform you into the person He created you to be.

Here are some encouraging quotes from 2 Corinthians 5:17 for you to reflect on: 

— “When we are in Christ, we are given a new identity, a new purpose, and a new destiny. We are no longer defined by our past but by the hope of our future in Christ.” ~ Rick Warren ~

— “The old self is gone, and the new self has come. This is a radical transformation, but it is possible because of the power of Jesus Christ.” ~ Beth Moore ~

— “When we come to Christ, we are given a fresh start. We can leave our past behind and start living a new life in Him.” ~ Max Lucado ~

I hope this little note has encouraged you to embrace your new life in Christ. Remember, you are a new creation, and God has great things in store for you.

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  1. Thanks for the encouraging word!!

  2. Such an encouraging post, Paula! I was JUST having a conversation on this topic over the weekend so this post is perfectly timed. I think sometimes we know God forgives us but we have trouble forgiving ourselves. Thankfully, His mercies are new every day so we can have fresh hope. It’s such a gift! Hugs and hope you have a happy week, CoCo

    1. Thank you CoCo. Yes it sure is hard to forgive ourselves. Sending have a great week wishes your way.

  3. Being transformed into His image is one of the most powerful Truths on earth, Paula!

  4. Thank you, Paula for the wonderful encouragement I received here today!

    1. You’re so welcome Donna.

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