If you were to sum up the Christian faith in a few sentences, what would you say? Maybe you would come up with a couple bible verses, like John 3:16 that would get at the key concept of what God did for us in Christ. Its difficult to sum up something so profound with just a brief statement, but it may be a realization as simple as this that brought you to understand the importance of what Christ had done for us. It may even be as simple as a chorus from a song, like Amazing Grace, that struck you and compelled you to start the journey you did in the Christian Faith. There have been people preaching for centuries about what God has done for us, and what we can do in return because of that. Sometimes this message falls on deaf ears, but sometimes those who hear this message receive it. What was the thing that originally drew you to Christ, and does it still do the same today?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17
If you were to pick out one thing that sets Christianity apart from all the other religions, what would it be? For me, it would be the concept and practice of forgiveness. The fact that there is no amount of good we can do to ‘earn’ our salvation should be pretty humbling. It takes a humble and repentant heart to initially receive that forgiveness that God offers us through Christ. And once we understand the degree we are forgiven in Christ, then it is much more natural for us to forgive others. No other force in nature would move us to forgive others when they hurt us, until we understand the depth to which we are forgiven day after day through Christ. If we do not see the spiritual fruit in our lives of things like forgiveness, then we should question where we are truly planted. May you find the true source of Life each day as you live and forgive like Christ!
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6:14-15
Yours in Christ,