Our character takes time to develop. Just because we become believers doesn’t mean that we don’t need to be changed any more. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Rom 12:2) It’s an ongoing process.
A good man deal graciously and lends. He will guide his affairs with discretion. (Ps 112:5) Imagine people behaving graciously to each other. Imagine acting with discretion. What a contrast to the selfish and indiscreet behavior of the world.
But recognizing the need to be gracious and being gracious are two different things. The scripture points to where we need to go. We have to allow the Holy Spirit to renew us to get there. Have you noticed that people who don’t want to be changed won’t be changed? It’s your choice.
We all know the areas of our lives that need to be renewed. Confess the sinful ways and give them to Jesus. Ask Him to change you, to renew your mind to have the mind of Christ. Renewing isn’t an instant transformation. It’s a gradual change. Keep at it. Ask for more. It won’t be long before someone describes you in new terms and you will see what God has done.
Read Galatians 5:22 and see the fruits of the Spirit the Lord wants to give you. It will make you a new person.