over the past week i’ve been hearing several stories of those being ‘turned-off’ by, well, honestly christians in general. whether we like it or not, we all get lumped into the category of the extreme groups of christians who think that living in perfection is the only way to Jesus… when in fact, JESUS is the only way to Jesus. 🙂
our humanness causes us to try and calculate our sins at times, instead of remembering that we are born sinners, period. no matter what. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” Jn. 14:6… so great news! there’s how we get to God! it’s not by what we DO. or how much we don’t accumulate- it’s through the grace that Jesus shared with us by dying on the cross! there’s nothing we can add to that to make it any more spectacular!
looking at the ‘perfection’ category, or ‘my way or the highway’… or ‘we believe that everyone has to live the christian life THIS way’… the Bible says, “…Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.” 1 Cor. 8:1b… i read that this morning and just stopped. that’s it! all my knowledge i can share with any one that doesn’t believe in Jesus won’t do ‘a world of good’ -as my mom says- if we do not LOVE! if you are one who has lived in the faith a while, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. but sometimes, in all of our book reading and discussion, we forget to just love that person next to us. without love… no one is listening. so get out there today- and LOVE!!!