1602655795-martin-luther-quote-there-is-no-justification-without-sanctificationI wonder if we can ever be perfect, just like Jesus was.  We say we’re Christians, but still we often stand in judgment of others.  I don’t think we’ll ever achieve perfection on this side of eternity.  Even though Jesus died for every sin – past, present and future – that doesn’t mean we’ll never sin again.

Being a Christian doesn’t mean our lives won’t be without detours or bumps in the road.  We’re told that we’ll have crosses to carry.  We’re not guaranteed a life free from anxious moments, fear or even death.

Every time I hear the struggles between Christian churches, it saddens me.  The Bible is our connection with our Creator.  It was given to us as a guide for living the Christian life.  Unfortunately many stray from the truth of the Word and go in their own direction.  For some it might bend towards doing good deeds.  Some may say that not every word is true or accurate.  Some believe only one translation is the truth.  Many discount the miraculous deeds of the Old Testament as myths and story telling.  Some will even bend the scriptures to fit their own interpretation to give validity to something they don’t agree with.

When human reason gets in the way of God’s truth, there will be division.  His message to us is less complicated than we make it.  By the disobedience of God’s first people, we’ve  inherited sin and in order to be made right with God, there needs to be restitution; a perfect, sinless offering which comes only from God Himself.  Nothing we do – good works, self-deprivation, money or giving up everything for Christ’s work will save us.  It’s only by the precious blood shed by God Himself that redeems us.  His resurrection secures our future in eternity.  Because He lives, we’ll continue to live after death.

Sounds too simple, doesn’t it.  We can’t help wondering – what’s the catch – what do we need to do?  There is no catch.  All God wants from us is our complete trust in Him.  Our faith is the only requirement and, by the way, even that is a gift from the Holy Spirit.

Because of this marvelous thing He’s done for us, we can’t help but be grateful for the gift He’s given us.  Thus our lives change.  We learn to live as Jesus did by being a servant to others, by loving others as ourselves, by sharing the Gospel message, by walking away from the sins that have plagued us for so long.

Why do we feel we have to put our own spin on this?  The truth is clear.


About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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11 Responses to JUSTIFIED

  1. Yes, the truth is very clear

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    • Lee Poskey says:

      Kathy, not just good mornin, but I’m here to be your friend in the Lord.
      And I appreciate you as my sister in the Lord.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        Thanks Lee. I appreciate you too. Good mornin.

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      • Lee Poskey says:

        I don’t know if you know this, but I too was “reformed” for a season after I got saved. But then I came out of it.
        And I’ve considered that it’s plausible that you too are in a similar situation. That’s why I try to share what I’ve learned, to help others in ways that I was helped.
        And I’ll tell ya something, when I was following the reformed way, that was one of the most depressing times I’ve ever experienced as a Christian. It just has a grim fatalistic quality to it.
        I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here. And if reformed doctrine ever gets to bothering you, feel free to visit with me.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    Well said Kathy. Grace is the truth that counts and the wonderful gift of salvation we can never earn. Amen to this.

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  3. Amen Kathy !! I am reminded of Jesus’ words, as recorded by the Apostle John, in…
    John 8:31-32… So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV)

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

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  4. Amen and amen! Thank God for His amazing grace! ❤ ❤

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