Leaving It Behind

Posted on Apr 19 , 2014 in Faith & Salvation

Leaving It Behind

© By Brad L Hodges

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

At some time or the other we all must leave something or someone behind.

It may be a temporary situation such as if one moves out of their home state, or to a distant city within. The reasons can vary; for a job or to relocate to fulfill their destiny. Family and friends are left behind for the time being, until they see them again.

Or it may be permanent such as in death or required dismissal of another forever due to a divorce or other major life situation or change.

In any circumstance leaving someone or something behind is not an easy thing to do.

In some cases however, leaving something behind can be a positive change in our lives. If we have addictions to such things as alcohol, drugs, smoking, pornography or even an addiction to an unhealthy relationship, leaving these things behind is beneficial to our health or mental state.

Still, even addictions, by their very nature, are not easy to leave behind.

All of these things of the world mentioned are common to humanity and whether leaving something behind is emotionally difficult or physically arduous, as in the case of some addictions, we can all relate to watching them go into obscurity.

From a spiritual standpoint there is only one thing that is consequential in leaving behind and that is our sin, our broken fellowship and separation from God. This too is not an easy thing to do if we are addicted to the things of the world, but it becomes a transforming event for our souls, the quintessential moment of our lives, when we do. It eclipses beneficial and metamorphoses into holiness.

When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal savior we leave the old person behind and become a new being in Christ.

Leaving our former, broken humanity behind brings with it the greatest consequence of all, and that is eternal life with God.

It is by grace that we are able to leave behind our old selves and bid farewell to our life of sin.

John 8:11 (NIV)
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

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