Wednesday in the Word
Hello Jello Beans,
Yes, I am back for a third week in the row! In my last post, I expressed the guilt that had been eating away at me, and how I just felt like I wasn't doing enough of what I should be like as a Christian. Today, I just wanted to share with you a verse that gave me a lot of peace and comfort:
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace,which he has freely given us in the One he loves." - Ephesians 1:4-6
The purpose of Christ wasn't to bring us to guilt and shame, but to redeem us out of His love. It reminded me that God created us to have fellowship with Him, praise and glorify Him, and love Him. Faith should lead my actions out of gratitude and love, rather than out of guilt, because that defeats the purpose of Christ taking on the sin, shame, guilt, and humiliation for us.
It gave me a sense of peace in knowing that yes, it's true: many whom by humanly standards are much more worthy of physical life, and even spiritual life, aren't saved. As a Christian, that should bring us heartbreak, but not out of the guilt that we are saved, but in the anguish of knowing that Christ had done so much for them, and having His love denied and un-reciprocated. I'm sure many of us have gone through unrequited love, and how painful it could be even just watching that person fall in love with someone else, or even be hurt by someone else. How much worse then, must it be for God? How much had he sacrificed so that we would stop idolizing sin, sin that would only hurt us deeper and cut us away from living out our purpose and entering Heaven's gates?
This was something that I definitely need to continue meditating on and remembering - Christ is enough, and as Christ was victorious, we too are victorious in Him. Let's keep fighting the good fight, and sharing together the Goodness of His Love and Salvation.