A New Garment

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made.Mark 2:21

 

Christ did not come into this world to patch-up an old religion, simply to mend a hole here, cover-up a spot there, or add a touch of fresh paint  to this part or that. No, He came to make all things new! And when He saves a  sinner, He does not simply fix him up a little here and  there, to cover over some bad spots in him, and to close up gaping holes in  this character with patches of the new cloth of grace. Christ’s gospel work  is not patchwork of repair jobs. Christ does not sew on pieces – He weaves a brand-new garment.

As humans we try to make our flawed characteristics seem attractive, but sin is in its very fiber, and the  blemishes will expose themselves and spoil our appearance. The only way is to have a new  heart, and then the beauty will be real and enduring. A mother lost  her only child — the most precious thing she knew. To occupy her  heart and hand in some way about her vanished treasure, and thus fill  the empty hours, she took a photograph of her child and began to  touch it up with her skillful fingers. Soon the features  became almost lifelike. The picture was then put aside for a few days, but when she came back to it later she found the eyes were dimmed and the face was  marred with ugly blotches. Patiently she went over it a second time, and  the bewitching beauty came again. A second time it was set aside, and  again the blotches appeared. There was something wrong in the paper on  which the photograph had been taken. There were chemicals lurking in it  which in some way spoiled the delicate colors, and no amount of  repainting could correct the faults.

So is it in our human lives. No outside  reform is enough, for the heart inside is constantly working out its is evil, and its true nature will always be exposed and ruin any appearance of good. The change that is  permanent must be start in the heart.

Apply This To Your Life Today… True change can only come from within when the work is done by Christ. Ask Jesus to work on your heart.

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2 Responses to “A New Garment”

  1. April Says:

    What a beautiful devotional thought this morning. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!!

  2. Pat Says:

    Thanks April it is refreshing just like our Saviour,he makes us brand new. 😀 😀


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