Psalm 6:2-6 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Lord, how long? Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake. For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks? I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
Can you relate to the raw emotions of these verses? I can and I suspect I am not alone in this. We do not turn to our Savior because all is right with our souls. We turn to Christ for our own personal reasons but the need for comforting is the same.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
While this is true the reality by experience isn’t immediate. If you fall into a cesspool being rescued is one of the joys of being saved and washed. You don’t emerge thinking about anything except the relief of that situation. What that means is apparently obvious to the situation, change happens but only the relief in rescue is on your mind.
You are a new creature, but you are still a creature. You’re a creature of habit. What is going to change your habits? A conscious decision has to be made to drop bad habits. The ability to recognize bad habits isn’t instinctual. Some are obvious, others are not.
Becoming the new creature takes a bit of discipline on your part. Hence the term disciple. You have to learn a new way of thinking.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
To prove this, one must do it.