I have not been blogging regularly, so the next few posts are all a catch up of the last few weeks (feels like months) of my BRT notes:
- 3:18: This verse connects the idea of “contemplating the Lord’s glory” and “being transformed into His image”. This verse was significant for me, because so often I rely on other things to transform me. For example, sermons, mentors, books, even scripture. These things can all be used by God to make me more like Christ, but this verse reminds me that keeping my eyes on God’s glory is a sure way to be transformed. My prayer is that I would be like the lady who sat at Jesus’ feet and listened, rather than busy myself with other “good works”. Then I will reflect His beauty!
- 4:16 “Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day”. This for me emphasized the importance of God’s work on my heart over what goes on on the outside. God is doing a good work in me, even if my outside doesn’t show it. For example I may not be able to exercise for a week because I pulled a muscle in my shoulder (actually happened), but God is building my character inwardly, strengthening me, encouraging me, and leading me.
- 7:10 Godly sorrow leads to repentance that leads to salvation (& earnestness, eagerness, indignation, alarm, longing, concern, readiness for justice)…worldly sorrow brings death! Part of this verse was a challenge to the kind of sorrow I often feel towards my sin – more of a worldly sorrow it seems. And part of it reminded me to pray for true sorrow for my sin.