Welcome to another week, my friends. We often forget how wonderful God is to us- the saved and the unsaved. Many unsaved do not care for "religion" and often confuse "religion" with salvation or the choice to serve God. The unsaved also find it offensive when Christians discuss God and his sacrifice on the cross. However, Christians rejoice at the thought of Jesus' sacrifice; therefore, many die for his name daily. (Romans 3:25)
While debating and praying about this week's blog, I watched the testimony of Mr. Joseph Habedank, an influential, expressive modern Christian artist highlighted on Sirius XM (The Enlightened Music channel) and social outlets such as Instagram and YouTube. Before performing, Mr. Habedank described his experience of addiction and conversion. His background is among the millions, sharing testimonies of their transformations and the work Christ has done in their lives, mine included. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Those who accept Christ know of his serving heart, humility, love, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, compassion, perfection, unselfishness, and self-control. We now try our best to emulate Galatians 5:22-23. Jesus was obedient even when dying on the cross. As we study the word and pray, we read about salvation and its importance. Once we establish a non-superficial or pretentious relationship with God, his loving nature warms our souls and hearts. We no longer wish to live as before. (Galatians 5: 19-21)
Sadly, at times we may take his love for granted. Many know he is always near, yet we do not always rely on his grace, mercy, or forgiveness. During these episodes, we may feel our problems, concerns, heartbreak, marriages, and other situations are minute. Therefore, instead of relying on God, we attempt to "tough" out the situation without his help. Though Jesus is waiting for us, we sometimes ignore his love and forgiveness, prompting me to think about my life and conversion.
As I watched and listened to Mr. Habedank's testimony, I also realized God changes our lives by caring, loving us, and using tough love when needed. He becomes our family, as well as our hope and life. I am sure many who love Christ feel this way as well. Though I love my earthly family, Christ has become so much more. As I thought about the context of this blog, I continued thinking about how much God changed my life. (Those who have not surrendered to his love do not know what they are missing.) As Joseph Habedank explained how God changed his life, his testimony reminded me of my life before my surrender. Thinking about how far we have come makes us joyful that Christ laid down his life for us. These thoughts bring tears to our eyes and gladness to our hearts. If you are one who realized you need Christ, please share your story. I'd love to read it. Sharing our experiences may affect someone's life, as it did mine and millions who have heard others' conversion testimonies. Please follow this link: https://www.savedheartfaith.com
For those, I hope this blog is a blessing to all who search for Christ or may have never read the Bible. God's love is unmatched and will always continue. He offers salvation once we believe the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) when we believe in his death, burial, and resurrection. It is only too late to get his offer of salvation when we die. Therefore, God gives grace and mercy daily and another chance to receive his gift. I would love to hear from you. Please email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on my website; the link is above. I hope you have a great week. Please remember to visit YouTube for the shortened companion video to this blog. Thanks for visiting.