Glenorie Mis­sion Church

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - News -

The­o­ret­i­cally the life of a Chris­tian should be an ex­am­ple to the rest of so­ci­ety, their char­ac­ter be­yond re­proach and their coun­te­nance re­flect­ing the love of Christ. For many this has been the case. Mis­sion­ar­ies have faced the grimmest per­ils to spread the good news with­out thought of them­selves. Just gov­ern­ments have been es­tab­lished on Chris­tian prin­ci­ples. Through­out his­tory there have been Chris­tians who have qui­etly lived lives of self sac­ri­fice and been used by God. The closer they have walked with their Lord the more like him they have be­come.

How­ever many Chris­tians strug­gle to be the peo­ple they know they should be. There is self­ish­ness, anger, greed and ev­i­dence of sin amongst those in the Church.

To those who have been put off Chris­tian­ity or pre­vented from ex­plor­ing its true mean­ing by the less than per­fect ac­tions of some­one claim­ing to be a Chris­tian, stop, wait a mo­ment, come back and have an­other look. What has been ob­struct­ing you? Have you let the im­per­fec­tions in a per­son, a group, or a par­tic­u­lar church stop you see­ing the per­fect, sin­less Je­sus Christ and God’s love man­i­fest in him? Per­haps you have let your own faults pre­vent you from draw­ing near, your own short­com­ings, or your own fail­ings. The Bi­ble tells us there is no one right­eous, no, not one. All our good deeds are as filthy rags be­fore God. There is noth­ing we can do to make amends for our trans­gres­sions, no pos­si­ble way in our own strength that we can get right with a Holy and per­fect God.

We are all in the same predica­ment, Chris­tians and non Chris­tians alike. We are all flawed, self­ish and sin­ful. We all suf­fer from the same frail­ties and weak­nesses. The dif­fer­ence is that true Chris­tians have ac­cepted God’s for­give­ness through the death of His pre­cious Son. We have been rec­on­ciled to God, not be­cause we have de­served for­give­ness but be­cause we have by faith ac­cepted his free gift.

“This right­eous­ness from God comes through faith in Je­sus Christ to all who be­lieve. There is no dif­fer­ence, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are jus­ti­fied freely by his grace through the redemp­tion that came by Je­sus Christ.” Ro­mans 3:22-24.

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