Faith, Hope, and Love
Updated: Mar 2
So often we make our faith journey much more complicated that it needs to be. Can it really be as simple as the words proclaimed in Matthew 22: 37-38? "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandments. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself."
I believe it is that simple. 1 Corinthians 13: 13 says, "Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love. We are called to love....love God, love neighbor. We are called to see each other as God sees us....as his masterpiece.
We are all both sinners and saints. Everyday we turn ourselves from God, whether we mean to or not. We are not called to live in shame and guilt. We are called to live in repentance. We are resurrection people, made new every day. We are forgiven for all our sins no matter what. I believe God invites us to be in genuine relationship with him. God wants us to cry out to him. To ask for forgiveness for our sins as soon as they happen. And to live in response. Forgiveness is not an excuse or a way out. Its mercy. It is God's precious love, offered to us.
I was challenged today to look at how I live my life, to consider the way I pray. When I sin, do I ask for forgiveness? Do I let God see my heart? Am I genuine in my repentance? And once I repent, how hard do I work at not committing that sin again? We are not called to a superficial relationship with God. God wants our hearts, the good, the bad, and the ugly. God wants us to live for his glory.
I believe God offers us forgiveness for all our sins. God knows our hearts and God knows if we are truly sorry for committing the sins we all succumb to daily. The challenge is to learn from our past mistakes and move forward living a life which glorifies God.