CQ Plus June 15-21 2013

Christianity Is . . .

Preface: Zechariah has some wonderful Messianic prophecies that point to Jesus and affirm our faith in Him.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. If you love your opinions more than you love your friends, you’ll defend your opinions and destroy your friends. Step back and look at what’s really important. Paul says, love always looks for the best (1 Cor. 13:7). Give others the benefit of the doubt. When working with yourself, use your head; when working with others, use your heart! And learn to be flexible. Be gracious with others—like God is with you.”1

Christianity cannot save us—only God can. God wants us all to be saved. In spite of our sinful nature He died on the cross to rescue us. All we need to do is to accept Him and follow the example He has given us in the Bible of how we should live. He makes it possible for us to receive eternal life in an environment free of pain, sorrow, sadness, and death. The result of our own actions was death (Rom. 6:23), but what amazing love was demonstrated that while we were yet sinners He sent His only Son to take our place (John 3:16; Rom. 6:23). This is the most wonderful news, and even nature declares His might and love (Psalm 19). Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self (See 1 Cor. 13:4). Ask God to give you this kind of love today so that you can be like Him.

So the essence of being a Christian is to build on a relationship with Christ. I like the way Edward Mote expresses this:

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness, I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus name. On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand.”2

REACT
1. In your opinion what makes Christianity Christian?
2. Do you think that there should be a limit in how flexible we are in our relations with others?
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1. Bob Gass, The Word for Today, United Christian Broadcasters: Stoke on Trent, England, 1998.
2. Edward Mote, “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less,” Hymn 522, The Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal (Hagerstown, Md.: Review and Herald®, 1985).

Gail Windrass, London, England