Many new born believers wonder: “how do I know that I am converted”? The apostle Paul counseled, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). The following are ten pointers to help you self-evaluate if you have been genuinely converted:
1-Do I love God or the world?
“If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15, 16). “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
2-Do I spend daily time in Bible study and prayer?
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16). “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
3-Does sin rule in my life?
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves” (1 John 1:8). “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it” (Romans 6:12). “Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like” (Galatians 5:19–21).
4- Do I show the fruits of the Spirit?
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The fruits of the Spirit are: “Love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22, 23).
5-Do I confess Christ or deny Him?
6-Do I love my neighbor?
Jesus said that His followers will be known by their love (John 13:35). “If someone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also” (1 John 4:20, 21).
7-Am I grieved by sin?
“Sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful” (Romans 7:13). When Peter realized he had denied Jesus, he went out and wept bitterly (Matthew 26:75).
8-Do I fellowship with the believers?
“Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25).
9- Do I have the peace of God?
“Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble” (Psalm 119:165).
10-Where is my treasure?
Jesus said His people will “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21). “no one can serve two masters…You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24).
To be converted is to experience a total change that will affect the life of a person for the eternal good (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In His service,
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