Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Dying daily (or living in one's baptism)

WorldNetDaily: The passion of the Christian

This article is several months old, but its message is timeless. Christians are to follow Christ.

Some highlights...

"Of course – and this is something of a divine paradox – as Christians, we know we can't save ourselves, and yet we are most definitely called to obedience. So, let's not slough off our responsibility to "die daily" by comfortably presuming on the unending mercy of God. His mercy is unending, indeed, but also balanced with justice, and these two seemingly contradictory qualities work together mysteriously and wonderfully toward our redemption, but only in the truly sincere human soul that doesn't tempt God."

"The recipient of your patience – say, your spouse or child – experiences that patience as love, just as they experience your impatience as a lack of love."

"No, if God wanted to demonstrate His love for us, and at the same time provide us with the perfect, ultimate example of real love for our fellow man, what could be a more perfect expression of love than the willing suffering and death of His Son – Who while dying asked God to forgive His tormentors? The sheer logic and power of it is transcendent. If you're looking for love in this loveless world, that's it."