Do you realize your faith in God has a redemptive quality and a relationship with Jesus brings healing in many forms to those ravaged by sin? The Apostle Paul states in Romans 4:7 blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered; blessed is the one to whom the Lord shall not count sin against you. Paul goes on to say Abraham was considered righteous by God through his great faith because he believed so much in God that obedience came naturally. The most famous scripture passage in John 3:16 says ďwhoever believesĒ has eternal life.
There is somewhat of a debate as to whether just believing will deliver you to heaven, however, the argument is a mirage because the one who is truly born-again from above in the spirit canít help but produce righteous fruit. The desire to commune with God becomes evident. Itís not mustered up by mere human will power, but a divine force that drives the Christian toward ever greater heights in the faith. This is the same Holy Spirit within you who compelled the Apostle Paul to sing while imprisoned. This is the same Holy Spirit who gives peace and love to Christians around the world under extreme persecution who might normally break the spirit of anyone under such dire conditions. Itís the most natural supernatural gift the Lord gives us, faith; hope; and love.
This is the assured confidence and trust in your relationship with Jesus. Itís as solid as a rock and cannot be broken or undermined. This is not to say Christians donít get discouraged, but the darkness of night turns into the lightness of day because of the great anticipation of Godís comfort and expectation of His faithfulness to us in our circumstances through Christ. The greatest of these is love. Why? Because, as 1 Cor. 13:4 puts it ďLove is patient, kind; not envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude. It doesnít insist on its own way; itís not irritable or resentful; it doesnít rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things just like Jesus did for you on Calvaryís cross.
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