Can others tell that you are a Christian? It is easy to claim membership in a local congregation, but can other people really see that the Spirit of God lives inside of you? I heard an amazing sermon this week entitled “How to Know You Have Been Changed” from 1 John chapter 3. If you are saved, then you should feel different on the inside. God’s love should be abounding in your heart. There should be comfort from the friend that sticks closer than a brother. How does the permanent change of being born again affect you?
Along with being renewed inwardly, the changes salvation brings should be displayed outwardly as well. God’s love should be displayed through you to other people. Letting your light shine will cause you to stand out amidst those around you. You should be inclined to forgive when others hold grudges. You should be led to hold your tongue when others blow up. You should be led to be righteous even if you don't necessarily feel like it. How does your permanent change of salvation affect those around you?