Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Freedom, Grace, and Love

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     So what does freedom, grace, and love have to do with our lives? I have given this a lot of thought lately and I have realized that it has everything to do with us. As almost anyone can see just by reading my blog, I am a Christian and that I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. Although many do not hold this view, this is my worldview and because of that I believe that no one can really understand freedom, grace, and true love unless they know Christ. Now this might seem funny or even infuriating to some, but for me it is life and hope. True freedom is only found in Christ because He knows our deepest and ugliest secrets and yet he still chooses to forgive us. I know many times in my life I harbor forgiveness and hatred towards people who I feel have wronged me or offended me in someway, but when I realized  that Christ is holy and that I are constantly sinning against Him and yet He still forgives me, it was a humbling realization. It blows my mind that I cannot forgive others when they offend or hurt me and yet Christ forgave all of my sins by dying on the cross. You see this is true freedom, forgiveness of our sins and debts to God. The amazing thing is we did not even have to work for this forgiveness. He just granted us forgiveness and freedom because of His grace and love. It says “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). You see this is where forgiveness starts, in Christ's grace. We are also told that forgiveness is granted to us by just asking, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). One thing that I have noticed is that many people do not understand that God is full of grace (this does not mean that he excuses sin now! you still need to seek to do right) and not seeking to condemn people. He only seeks to have us restored to him so that be can have a relationship with Him forever. That is true freedom. Now what does grace and love have to do with freedom? It has everything to do with God's character, you see, because Christ is gracious and loving He left His thrown room in heaven to come save wretched sinners like me. Through this love He paid the highest ransom so that anyone who believes in Christ can have salvation and forgiveness of sins. This is true love and grace since Christ paid this ransom with His life. It is hard to understand that magnitude of this, but it is true, the Creator and King of all died to save us because of His love and grace! Therefore, I boast in nothing but Jesus Christ and His sanctifying (redeeming) work on the cross for me! The good news is that Christ defeated death and sin so we can be free in Him to love and embrace His grace.  "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast"(Ephesians 2:8-9). So today live in the freedom that Christ has given you, "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed" (John 8::36).

Now if anyone does know Christ Jesus, but wants to be free, forgiven of their sins, and to spend eternity in heaven with Christ Jesus here is all you need to do:

Pray and ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of your sins (all you have to do is truly mean it, even if you think it sounds funny). 

Then ask Him to lead and guide your life, show you His truth, and to help you love Him with all your heart! 

And that is it! You can now experience freedom, grace, and love to the fullest. 

Next steps: 

Find a good church- I suggest a Calvary Chapel or a Baptist Church (Here you should find true 
 teachings about Christ). 
Always read your Bible: It is God's words to you! He will tell you what to do through it.
And finally: Do not be afraid to go to church, we love to here how Christ has forgiven you! We are there to help you learn and understand anything that might confuse you! 

God Bless and Enjoy Freedom, Grace, and Love!

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