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When the time comes where we grow tired of living in our old ways and set out to look for a newness of life, KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong reminds us to follow Ke Akua’s lead and we’ll find love, grace and mercy.

Weekly devotional: The old is gone

Sept. 23, 2022

Ka Ipu o Lono shares weekly devotionals to provide spiritual enrichment to members of the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
No ia mea, inā i loko o Kristo kekahi kanaka, he mea hou ʻo ia; ua hala akula nā mea kahiko; aia hoʻi, ua ʻano hou aʻela nā mea a pau. – Korineto II 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, this person is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. – II Corinthians 5:17

He manaʻo o ke kahu

It’s been just about three weeks since I had my cataract surgeries which included the implanting of new lenses. Now each morning I get to wake up with new eyes, no longer needing glasses or contacts. After just under 50 years of wearing contacts, I’m finding it’s hard to break the habit of reaching out for my contact solution and lens case. I’ve even given my extra supplies to others, so my medicine cabinet is empty, yet I find myself reaching out to do the same ritual morning and evening.

There will come a time that we grow tired of living in the old way and set out to look for a newness of life. We finally get the courage to take that bold step and choose a new beginning, but we never really step too far away from the old. That’s because we find security in what we know, what is familiar. It is only when the reward of the new overcomes the draw of the old, will we finally move on.

For believers, the old life is a life that is lived under our limited power, doing things that give temporary relief. Iesū came into the world to make all things new. He came to free us from our sins and offer us God’s aloha- his love, grace, and mercy. These give us a whole new start. It’s a life where we give up all control to Ke Akua and seek to do his will.

No laila, let us boldly step away from the old and let us firmly grasp onto living as new creations in Christ. Let’s rid ourselves of every hindrance and the sin which so easily entangles us.

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