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Renovation of the Heart

Putting On the Character of Christ

by Dallas Willard

We aren’t born again to stay the way we are. But how many times have we looked around us in dis­may at the lack of spir­i­tu­al matu­ri­ty in fel­low believ­ers, and in us? It is evi­dent in the ris­ing rate of divorces among Chris­t­ian cou­ples. We find it in the high per­cent­ages of Chris­tians who reg­u­lar­ly view pornog­ra­phy. And we face it each time a well-known Chris­t­ian leader is found in sex­u­al sin or han­dling finances dis­hon­est­ly. Per­haps you have strug­gled with your own char­ac­ter issues for years, even decades, to lit­tle avail. You can expe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant growth in your Chris­t­ian walk, shed sin­ful habits, and increas­ing­ly take on the char­ac­ter of Christ. In Ren­o­va­tion of the Heart, Dal­las Willard calls it the trans­for­ma­tion of the spir­it” – a divine process that brings every ele­ment in our being, work­ing from inside out, into har­mo­ny with the will of God or the king­dom of God.”

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