James Bryan Smith

The caterpillar, a worm, goes into the cocoon — a chrysallis, in which the root word, appropriately, is “Christ.” And it emerges a butterfly, completely transformed. The old has passed. The new has arrived. It was once weighed down by gravity; now it can fly. Christians are once under the reign of sin, but now we can live in freedom. And you can also see why it’s so painful to me that so many Christians don’t understand this? When I hear a Christian say, “I’m just a sinner saved by grace,” I want to say, “that makes as much as a butterfly saying, “I’m just a worm with wings.”

Rob Coscia

When present circumstances trigger old ways of coping—with anger, fear, or hopelessness, take a step back. Give Jesus some room to remind you how much he loves you, who you really are, and that you’re more than able to deal with everything in front of you peacefully, joyfully, and powerfully.
“Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, and a new life has truly begun” (2 Cor. 5:17).

Samuel Logan Brengle

Some objector says, “I don’t believe that we can be holy till the hour of death. The Christian life is a warfare, and we must fight the good fight of faith until we die, and then I believe God will give us a dying grace.” A great many honest Christians told exactly this view and hence put forth no real effort to stand perfect and complete and all the (present) will of God. (Colossians 4:12) for them. And so they pray daily, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven,” Matthew 6:10 yet they do not believe it is possible for them to do the will of God, and so they really make Jesus the author of a vain prayer which is only idle mockery to repeat.