Thursday, October 30, 2008

I Love Jesus

I believe that sometimes Christians have doubts about their salvation and they begin to wonder if they are really saved. In fact, I think we’ve probably all experienced this feeling at some time or another. So, how do you know for sure if you’ve truly done all the right things that make you a Christian? The first thing to remember is that Jesus did everything that needs to be done. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves; it is only because of what Jesus has done for us through his death on the cross that we can have the hope of salvation and eternal life. We have to believe this and that takes faith. Ephesians 2:8 says, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God. The Bible is the Word of God, and you can believe what it says!

What I’m about to say is just my opinion, so just take that for what it’s worth. I believe that if a person has truly been “saved” or “born again” or whatever term you want to use, it will be evidenced in the way they live their life. I don’t think you’ll be perfect all the time because we are still human and we mess up and make mistakes. But I do think that you will want to strive toward perfection and you will be disappointed in yourself when you do mess up and sin. I believe you will love the Lord so much that you will want to do the things you know will please him. Do remember when you first fell in love? When you are in love, you desire communication with that special person. You just can’t seem to get enough of them and you want to do special things for them, the things you know they like. You want to be with that person as much as possible, and you think about them all the time. That is sort of what it’s like when you love Jesus. You want to please him and do the right things just because you love him. I remember when I was a little kid and my parents took us to church every single Sunday morning and night. I thought it was so boring to have to sit through the sermon at church and I can remember thinking that when I grew up, I sure didn’t want to marry a preacher because then I would have to go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life. I guess I thought that after I got out from under my parents that I wouldn’t have to go to church anymore. But the funny thing is, I grew up and I didn’t marry a preacher, but I still go to church every Sunday, not because I have to or because anyone is making me, but because I want to! I desire to worship, praise, and to learn as much as I can about God, Jesus, and the Bible. I still have a long way to go but I plan to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1


BP said...

Hi Kathy! I enjoyed your post. I totally get what you're saying and agree with you, I like this line: "I do think that you will want to strive toward perfection and you will be disappointed in yourself when you do mess up and sin."

Lori said...

Amen! What a great post. I feel like I've been out of the blogging world for a bit. My chemo is finally over so it feel like things are going to get back to normal around my house now.

Sandi said...

AMEN! I love this post girl.

Amel's Realm said...

GREAT post, Kathy!

Lori said...

Hi Kathy,

I was just checking in to see how you are? Any updates on those dogs next door?

How is your son? Is he still on the road alot?


Kentucky Bound said...

Just stopping by to say hi. Couldn't have picked a better post to happen upon.

We're having our office Christmas party at the One Way Cafe so I'll finally get to see what it looks like on the inside...a tad quieter, I imagine, than when you visited.

Blessings and hugs from the creek!

Sindi said...

Hello Kat,
I am slowly making my way back to blogging. I am happy to report that I did find a church that I am gladly going to every Sunday.You know of the problems I had been having with that. I also go because I want to and I love to. I feel so at home there.
I also have a long way to go but I will strive to please Him.

This post was so heartwarming and beautifully written. If I have said it ones I will say it a million times, you have such a wonderful way with words.

God Bless you and your family and have a wonderful weekend.