for Sunday, May 2, 2010
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another! In our hearts,
we know that is impossible to us! Yet with the grace of God and faith in
the Lord Jesus, this type of love becomes possible to us. Such love! As I
have loved you, so you also should love one another.
It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the kingdom of
God - this saying from the Acts of the Apostles speaks to the same reality.
Without the grace of God and faith in the Lord Jesus, we will not have the
strength to undergo these many hardships.
Behold, I make all things new. The Book of Revelation tells us what
happens to us if we have grace and believe: we are made new. Not only are
we made new, everything around us is also made new because we begin to see
with eyes of faith, to hear with ears of faith, to live with a new power
which is the grace of God.
Why don't we Christians today seem as alive in the faith as were these
early Christians? Why does Christianity so often seem weighed down with
sin and failure? Why isn't the Church a shining example of Christian
behavior? Why can't I seem to be entirely faithful to the Lord? Why
doesn't my faith shine forth from me so strongly that others will know
immediately the power of God at work within me?
These early Christians were not able to convert everyone. These early
Christians also had followers who did not give all that they had to follow
the Lord. These early Christians also had sexual misbehavior in their
So what is our faith about? It is about coming to the Lord Jesus and
acknowledging that we are sinners, learning to live in that truth and
learning how to let God's grace transform us. We ourselves, by ourselves,
cannot build a Church for God any more than David was allowed to build a
temple for the Lord. It is God who builds the Church. Our task is to be
faithful, day after day, trying to live by faith and in grace. When we
fail, we ask forgiveness and do not try to hide the truth.
Faith in Jesus Christ in not about success in this world. Faith in Jesus
Christ is not about having a Church that is perfect in this world. Faith
is about following and continue to follow as best we can. Faith is about
relying on Jesus alone, even when we encounter sin and darkness.
My children, love one another. My children, pardon one another. My
children, walk in the light of the Lord.
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