1 John 4:7-8, 13-18

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love… We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Yesterday, I was asked by a friend who is an avowed atheist how I could just forget my sinful past and live with this new found love for Jesus Christ who has offered to forgive me my sins? It is true that I lived in sin and sin so grievous that I fear its retribution and I often sit at the foot of the cross, including this morning, asking God if I am actually lying to Him and to the world of my new found love of Him just to cover my gory past and to be acceptable to this world and to God? How can I know there has been any real change in me and what is the assurance that I am saved and not living in state of consciousness where Jesus is my path to escape the horrors of this life? What is God saying to me and to those like me whose faith is being questioned at the very core?
To like Jesus Christ is not hard because we can respect Him as a good teacher, revere Him as a wise man or even honor Him as a prophet of God. To love Jesus Christ as our God is foolishness in the eyes of this world because we are admitting failure. To say that we are failures to be acceptable to this world is a contradiction and so my profession of faith cannot be for that reason. Today we are reminded that if we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and we put our complete faith in Him, then He lives in us and proof of that belief is our love for others regardless of whether they are christian or not. We then live in the confidence of the day of judgment when our sins will be forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for us and we will instead be rewarded for our good works that glorified God after we accepted Christ. We need not fear God regarding His judgment against us but instead we need to praise God for His amazing love for us! Are you living with the burden of sin and have no hope? Then call on Jesus and He will take away your burden and give you reason to joyously glorify Him all the days of your life.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Romans 8:9 You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ
Comments
  1. Boy, Vineet . .. you face some tough questions and people in your walk! I need to step up my prayers for you. I think it must be hard for someone who has not come to Christ to understand or fathom what His forgiveness is like, how that can be. . .how we can go on, believing in Him, in spite of our pasts. He also gives us His peace that stays our minds, so we aren’t dragged back into the horror of all we have done. He cleanses us and creates new in us, so we go forward differently than we did before coming to Him. Jesus is so much and does so much for us, it’s almost indescribable. But we can try! 🙂
    love and prayers in Jesus! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      I did feel overwhelmed when I had to deal with hard questions but I realized that God was using these hard questions to get me to understanding him a shade better. My faith is weak and the basis of my faith is weaker and God wants us to know Him and love Him more and more each day. My friend calls himself a ‘Humanist’ because of all the pain he sees around and I pray that He will soon find the love of Christ to apply to all the hurt and be able to entrust everything to God in prayer. That day is not far away I pray.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

  2. Dr.Priya says:

    Dear brother,

    Your posts are a great and it helps me very much. God is our healer, and his love is forever.
    I learn a lot from articles. He alone can judge us. i am truly indebted to you for the help you share to the world. Thanks for the same.
    With love and prayers!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Priya,
      Thank you for the encouragement. It is really God who must be thanked for giving us His word and an understanding of the word that applies to our daily lives. Thank you for faithfully following Christ and living in challenging times holding His word as your strength and shield.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

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