I love the fact that not only does Jesus save and restore us for eternity . . . but He saves and restores our thinking NOW. Also our feeling. . . .
He changes the heart . . . so that we grow and gain real maturity in love, patience, compassion, gentleness, faithfulness. . . . The corrupt things that use to attract and hold our attention begin to fade in their pull--their lure gets increasingly dim and feckless. . . .
Rather than look down at others with a deep-seated air of superiority and self-righteousness . . . you realize with ever-brimming gratitude and humility that nothing you are or have done . . . is accountable to you for boasting's sake--but if you CAN See and are walking in the truth it is only because God has provided you the ability. "There BUT FOR the grace of God"--I too would be a lost, self-deluded fool. . . .
And the mind. . . . The mind being regenerated by the Holy Spirit is able indeed to see things more clearly--to see the truth or falsity of things. Your reasoning ability improves by leaps and bounds; logic, discernment, clarity . . . increase. Where once you were often led around by hasty, impulsive flights of fancy . . . or by base lusts or petty, self-justifying reflexes . . . or by simple childish selfishness (though usually disguised as something grand) . . . now, a degree of true wisdom has sprouted and gains strength and presence in your daily reckoning. Wisdom! The Holy Spirit's regenerating ministry brings wisdom and clarity in its wake, to your mind, to your heart, increasingly infused throughout your living soul--a soul who is now walking The Path that leads to unending joy, peace, profundity, love. . . .
The Spirit also heals and reconciles. . . . Wounds of the soul, no matter how deep and tender, though hidden, are washed . . . and sterilized in the cleansing light of His presence within. The temple is scoured, bit by bit, for nothing else could happen for it follows that wherever His perfect, healing and loving and regenerating essence exists in such proximity . . . life and holy sanctification, in some form or another will abound. . . .
For the one saved, He not only saves for a future time but NOW begins saving and restoring the wholly good, God-given qualities and abilities . . . that He intended from the start when He made us in His image . . . as His sons and daughters. . . .
Those who claim to have been saved, but never begin showing these signs of progressive regeneration--those who do not love and strive to follow His laws and love . . . are most likely liars; either deceived or deliberately maintaining a sheep's facade while a wolf rages within. . . .