Renewal More than Repair
Ephesians 4:23
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

A builder was called in to repair some houses. The contract stated that any doors, window sashes, etc., which should be renewed would be paid for. The work proceeded, certain door panels, window frames, and sashes proved to be imperfect and decayed. The defective panels, beadings, and pieces of framing were made good. In due course the painting, graining, and finishing work was completed. I was present when the work underwent examination. The builder's account had been rendered, and an item appeared of so many pounds for renewing doors, sashes, etc. "Certainly not," said the architect on being appealed to; "to repair is one thing, to renew quite another." In vain the builder expostulated. How well I remember the architect's words — "No, sir, your contract comprehends all repairs. Go and get your dictionary and see what the word renew means. Had you taken away the old doors and window sashes, and brought new ones, we would have paid you for them. Such in the meaning of the terms of your contract, and no amount of repairing will renew that which is old."

(Henry Varley.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

WEB: and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Renewal in the Spirit of the Mind
Top of Page
Top of Page