Besides forgiveness, what is the difference in you before salvation and after? Maybe you got off drugs or alcohol. Perhaps you were delivered from a life of crime.
What behavioral changes did you experience?
Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. Titus 3:1-2
Paul’s inspiration directs you to look inside yourself for a real change. It’s somewhat easy to control the temptations against the flesh – you can just walk away.
But you can’t run away from temptations in your mind!
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. Titus 3:3
Curbing evil speech, hate, envy, and malice is very difficult because they come from inside – they are already present with you.
Paul’s exhortation of “we ourselves were also once…” tells me I can no longer live with those things that follow in my life.
So I believe that salvation changes the way you think. You will catch yourself thinking the wrong thought and repenting of it.
You’ll curb what comes out of your mouth, seek peace and calm, and put yourself in the background while thinking of others first.