Tuesday, May 16, 2006
So many of us easily accept someone who is a non-christian who has done wrong and ready to come to Jesus. We say that it is okay and God loves them and that all that sin they lived in is paid for. But once they become a Christian they are under the watchful eye. They have a long list of things they must follow and if they don't then shame on them! That's not how it's supposed to be. Once you become a Christian you are forgiven and you continue to be forgiven. No one becomes perfect once they accept Jesus. It says in 1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." so all those high and mighty Christians who feel like because they stay at home holding their Bible and looking down on others think they no longer need forgiveness. No! no matter who we are we are not perfect and we all need God's forgiveness everyday. This quote is my favorite and it's from my pastor Gregory Dickow, "Jesus salvation didn't end when you became saved it just began." So there is no need for you to condemn yourself when you make a mistake. Believe that God love is so strong for you and that He wants to forgive you! Now once you feel God's great love it will become harder and harder to do the wrong things and God will show you the right way to live and be wise so that you are blessed. Things that I do that are good just began to come naturally because I followed the leading of the spirit that was brought to my attention either while reading the Bible, hearing it at chruch or just hearing His voice. I heard and I followed and I grew. " Walk by the spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh" Galatians 5:16 You first walk by the spirit and the desire will leave. If you make this long list of things you can't do and you try not to do them you will fall short. But if you walk in love (the fruit of the spirit is love) and stay in prayer God will strengthen you and help you.