UI – Part 551 – The Aura Effect
The Aura Effect
A loving Christian has an aura. Others notice. A non-christian notices and may even ask why the person is so compassionate, kind and caring to all. There is no air of self-righteousness or superiority. There is no proselytization. They are as they are. But if asked why, they will tell you, “Because I am a Christian, I love God and am thankful for the gospel, what Christ has done for me as a sinner.” Enough said. And for Christians gathering with Christians there is a common enjoyment, as friends, a common bond. But beware, Christians are not appeasers. They will defend themselves as persons. They may be verbally attacked; Christ informed his followers to expect as much, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). There is no call to fight, to cause war against those who persecute. In Matthew 10:22 followers are informed, “you will be hated…” because of Christ and believing. But Christians are called upon to endure, to continue on. It appears this is similar to what the reformers are asking of the ‘cultural’ and ‘ritualistic.’
It is the Gospel of Christ that makes known to everyone that Christ died for our sins, my sins, your sins, and the sins of all mankind. Yes, someone sacrificed for you, took the punishment we all deserve for our transgressions, gave their life so you (and me, your family and your peers, even your neighbor) will be saved. That is the essence of Christianity. We are made right anew in God’s eyes, aware also that we are sinners, inherently. Yet we seek to change. We may not be as successful, perfectly pure, as we should, but we are trying, thankful, grateful for God’s gracious free gift. “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was Buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” (1Corinthians 15:3-4).
Who else possibly loves us that much?
Grace and Peace