When this question is personalised, it becomes the most important question one will ever be asked or answer. Who is Jesus Christ to you? Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10, NKJV). In 1 John 5:11-13 we are told that if we have the son in our life we can be positive that we have eternal life. Jesus is the only way for us to live life to the fullest here on earth, or receive eternal life in companion with God. Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for our sins so that we could be sinless in the eyes of God. If we do not receive the faith of eternal life by experiencing the forgiveness achieved by Jesus, then we will receive the punishment we truly deserve. If we lose that faith then that shows us we never really had it, but if we lose our old weak faith we are able to gain a stronger one.
God tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9 that his ways and even his thoughts are much higher than ours. Putting faith in God would mean we believe that even though things in our life look tangled up, God is able to untangle them. Faith is a precious jewel. Having faith means believing in things that are not visible, such as love and noble ideals, and being able to base our actions upon them. Faith is a standard which separates human beings from animals and a virtue we should never let go of no matter of whether it is convenient for us or not. Faith is the key to eternal happiness; true happiness, which continues from this world to the next. Good faith always outweighs bad faith, the faith has to win the game of truth to become a good faith over a bad faith. When trying to find your good faith take time to talk to God with prayer; one as simple as “Jesus, i’m not sure if you’re God or not. If you’re only a good man who is dead, you can’t even hear me. But if you’re God, you must want me to know that, to know you, to believe in you. I just want to know the truth. Please show me the truth.”
Why are people afraid to be loved? They can give love out, but they cannot let love in. The emotionally stoic partner is rarely able to then share his or her internal conflict and vulnerability. Instead they are most often likely to just accept the ending as if it were expected since the start, never really knowing why. Rarely are these people who can’t let love in really understood for whom they are inside and why they push love away, not only by their partners but by themselves as well. As 1 John 4:18 states “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” Love is a big step, but honesty is the first step. But without being honest with people, we stop ourselves from pursuing true relationships with others and with God. In the same way that we avoid being truthful with our friends and any other people we engage with, because we’re afraid of a number of possible consequences of our honesty, so too can we avoid being honest with God. Sometimes we worry about fully opening up to God because we think he’ll get mad at us so we try to not discuss it as this means we’ll have to accept and confront our emotions. Our most powerful relationships are built upon trust, and it’s no different when we consider the one that we have with God. Often, a hesitation to speak honestly with God shows a lack of trust in him. We can fail to trust him to be just, to be forgiving or to be helpful when in fact he is all of these things. God wants us to come to him with everything that’s on our minds and even though we might not be able to see a way through, he always can. (Jeremiah 33:3)
We talked about all these topics and many more within this reading but in these paragraphs I picked the topics I liked the most and these stood out to me. This reading had many topics and other discussions that are also to research more about.