Sunday, 31 May 2015

Sunday Thoughts


"So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us." ~ 1 John 2:24-25

Do you remember when you understood the gospel message for the first time, if you ever have?

I don't remember exactly when I became a Christian, I was three years old so it's in the pretty distant past! However, I do remember when I first fully understood that we are saved by grace. I remember the moment it clicked in my brain, that it did not matter what I did, whether I was good or bad, that whatever I had done in the past, whatever I do in the future, I was still undeservedly saved by grace!

God loves me no matter what! He does not keep a record of my wrongs! He isn't sitting on a cloud waiting to smite me the minute I slip up! He knows everything about me, even the bad bits, and He loves me and saves me anyway!

I think that this is what John's talking about here: Remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. Remember what it felt like to know Jesus, to know His grace, for the first time. Don't over complicate things. Don't over think things. Remain faithful to the simplicity of this message because if the only thing you understand is that Jesus has saved you by grace, then you'll be ok.

If you can just grasp this simple message, you will remain in relationship with God and you will enjoy the eternal life God has promised us.

Sometimes we are our own worst critics. Sometimes we stand in the way of ourselves having relationship with God. Because we know ourselves! We know how bad we can be, we know our innermost thoughts, we know that we're not worthy of love from God - none of us are! And yet, God knows all of this and loves us anyway. If we could only grasp grace, we will live in freedom and we will be able to approach this amazing God and have relationship with Him.

We are saved by grace.


1 comment:

  1. Lovely post! I went forward at Billy Graham and been attempting to work things out ever since!

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