|The Christian Heart|
The Center of All Goodness
and House of the Spirit
Christ did not save humanity from its sins to condemn us for our continual struggles against sin. He saved us because we could not save ourselves. So he would either step in to save us, or we would all perish. Thank the Father for His son then, because He chose to save us! Christ took on the human body and physically entered human history, where he literally became a man and lived the life of a wandering rabbi to call humanity to follow him, then to be brutally murdered at our own hands because he loved us. Did he go through all of this effort simply to condemn us all whenever we fall short and sin? The answer is an obvious, No! Christians today slog around with their head slinking low carrying with them this sullen "I'm a dirty sinner" mentality. It is very good that they understand they are saved by grace, it is indeed, as that is the first part of the walk with Christ that Christians have to learn: Forgiveness by grace.
|Christ is definitely in control. He spoke|
the entire universe into existence,
why would he create us lesser beings
to hate us all our lives? The answer is
obvious...he didn't! He created us to
learn faith and love through our trials.
16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?"
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws."
When we accept Christ, we are also accepting a new heart and a new, pure spirit, both capable of housing this Holy Spirit, our great Counselor. So how can Christians believe that the heart is evil? Christ bought all the sins of humanity on that cross, and when he was resurrected, death and punishment of sins were destroyed. Our hearts are not evil because the sin that resides in them was atoned for, and this is how Christ saved humanity, for the good in our hearts is made in the image of the heart of the One True God.
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
Remember always that although you are a sinner, that you might even commit the same sins over and over, but each time you come to Christ feeling sorry for your sins, it is up to you to let go of those awful emotions and have faith that Christ died for you as a sinner. This was never supposed to be an easy ride, when in fact it's actually a ride you will never win. You will never stop sinning, and you will most likely sin over and over the same silly sins until you die, and each time you feel sorry and ask Christ to forgive you, then your own faith has healed you. And remember...your heart is not only good, but it is made holy every time you come to Christ for forgiveness. Praise God, and be healed, and for heaven's sake let go of all the guilt. You'll never learn to love Christ with all that shame knocking you down.
and lean not on your own understanding; [This is what faith is all about!]
BE FREE IN SALVATION AND GRACE!