What does it mean to be a Christian?
To be a disciple, follower and imitator of Christ.
The main message of the gospel is one of grace and love!
God sent His son Jesus, as a living sacrifice for the sins of the world, so there may be justice for our sin while also allowing us to be in God’s presence forever.
God didn’t have to give us His son. He could have just let us face the consequences and live eternally separated from Him. But He didn’t. Instead, through this act, God revealed how much He loves us, and how deep is His grace.
God’s character is one of love and grace. The beautiful Christmas song
“O Holy Night” testifies of our need to imitate this, which He taught through Jesus’ sacrifice:
“Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.”
Spending two months in Europe, driving in a car from place to place for the majority of the time with my two siblings has definitely taught me love and grace! As much as my siblings and I love each other, we all know how to get on each other’s nerves and push the wrong buttons, just like any family!
Sometimes we can be so familiar with one another that our flaws begin to stand out like a sore thumb. Yes, I’m sure we all have experienced this at one stage or another in our lives.
Sometimes we can find it so easy to demand perfection from others. We can have a high and mighty legalistic perspective of the wrong others do to us, the mistakes another makes, or things others do that so frustrate us.
However, I have learnt that sometimes we just need to let things go. Show some grace! If we’re always being so picky of each other’s actions, we’d be fighting and bickering all the time! This distracts us from God’s purpose and will for our lives!
Rely on God
Instead God has called us to do what is right, and to show mercy with others around us; so that by doing so we are walking humbly with our God!
“Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”
Matthew Chapter 7 Verse 5
It is not through our own strength, our mere flesh and blood that God brings change! However, when we give our frustrating situations to God and let him be the judge of it, instead of ourselves, we are allowing God to show His strength in all areas thus relinquishing our control; and this brings glory and honour to His name!
“… the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah Chapter 6 Verse 8
Therefore, let go of frustration, worry, winning the fight! And let God fight your battles for you. Whether big or small, He cares!
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews Chapter 10 Verse 24
Mary Iengo is a medical student at Flinders University and leader at her local church. She lives with her family in Adelaide and has a passion for the political arena. Mary aims to write from a personal and practical stance to share the love of God and see people live for him.