Redefining you and me

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20

Peter who denied, Thomas who doubted, Paul who persecuted, the woman at the well, Roman officers, healed lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes, and observant Jews went back into communities that still defined them by their pasts. Sometimes they may have been tempted to keep defining themselves that way. We sometimes still do that to ourselves and each other. The crucifixion and resurrection redefines all of us in the same way it redefines Christ for those who believe.

Lord, thank You for this resurrected, restored life I live in You and through You.