This week we discussed some light fare in our Saturday night teaching time. Things like God’s wrath, the holiness of God, how sin impacts our lives and our desperate need for transformation. Spiritual transformation, according to Jesus and through his Spirit, must never be confused with behavior modification. We can train ourselves to do this and not to do that, at least for a time. But that’s not deep change. Improved morality is good but it should not be equated with spiritual growth. Instead, transformation involves us accepting God’s acceptance and his love for us thus allowing the Spirit to do the work from the inside out.
Motivation that comes from being loved and accepted works from within. Transformation changes motivation and behavior.