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Born Again Experience

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"You must be born again." (John 3:7)

Discussion

Do you want a born-again experience?

To regain the lost first love, beauty, and glory of human beings, we must be born again. Born again means the complete change of earthly character into spiritual character. This can take place only by the power of God the spirit. It is a spiritual regeneration and a 180 degree turn around. This can be only experienced but cannot not be explained. There is no human effort involved in the spiritual rebirth of human beings. "The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can't tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can't explain how people are born of the spirit" (John 3:8). It is a gift from God through the Holy Spirit. Those who are in genuine search of truth with contemplation of God in accordance with their conscience can experience this spiritual birth.

Jiji, a young, energetic lovely girl was so hot tempered, contemptuous and proud. Her marriage with a handsome and well to do boy brought no happiness in the family. Children and poor health made their lives even worse. Then, one fine morning, the family was drawn to the Bible and Jesus. They started to fast and pray. This had a profound impact on the entire family. They now felt an aversion to their old traits of anger and, jealousy. Instead, they now have a special fondness to church, Jesus, love, peace and evangelization. Now those who had known this family before this transformation could not believe the change that had taken place. But they all accepted the reality and enjoy the born again life of a family.

We are all judged according to our deeds. All good deeds come from the Spirit of God. So we should be connected to the spiritual universe.

Prayer

Jesus Let us have a reborn experience in spirit. Let your spirit always abide within us. Please give us a new heart and a new mind. Let us be a new person in You. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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