Ever wondered, “What if I stumble, what if I fall?”

Thank you “DC Talk” for bring us that song – asking that eternal question – what if I mess up, and everything hits the fan!  I’ve dusted off their greatest hits album as that song for me sums up where I feel I’m at at the moment.  The immortal lines:

“Will the love continue if my walks becomes a crawl? What if I stumble, what if I fall….?…..  And the resounding answer is “I hear You whispering my name [You say] “My love for You will never change….”

God continues to love us even if those around us Christian or otherwise fail to be as understanding!!  I did a youth study on Obedience yesterday from Matthew 5 v17-48 and 1 John 1v8 and 1 John 2 v1-7.  For me the three things that are most important from the bible are:

  1. Love your God with all you heart, soul, mind and
    strength.  Put everything you have into
    it.  If you say you are a Christian live
    like it, prove it. Stand up for what and who you believe in, stand up for others unable to stand up for themselves.
  2. Love your neighbour as yourself – Jesus said all
    the law and the prophets were summed up in those two commandments. To do this we have to learn to love ourselves, despite all the things we get wrong, so that we are then in a better place to love, nurture and forgive others!
  3. Recognise – we are only made good enough to go
    to heaven through Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection.  We have to make a conscious, deliberate decision to be in relationship with God through Jesus if we are to live grace-filled lives as Christians.

Oh and we can’t do it alone.  We need BOTH God and each other!  Thank you Jeff Lucas for disagreeing with the song that said tritely that “Jesus is all I need.” I need Jesus AND the practical support and companionship of others along the way for me personally to get there or at least to have a less bumpy ride!  Perhaps for a hermit stuck on a desert island, you might get by with just Jesus’s help but most of us living in the modern world also need the friendship, love and example of other believers.

© Copyright Michelle Sherlock 30/05/2011

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