Pat's Chat (Feb. 4)


Many years ago, when I began writing for the central West Virginia weekly papers, people who lived elsewhere and didn’t get the paper asked if I could send them a copy of the articles I write, and so many sent me their email addresses. As far as I know, only one person ever called me to have me take their name off of my Chats list because it seemed to this person that I was trying to “change” them, so I removed their email address from my group.

It is never my goal when I write to “change” people. That is impossible anyway. I am a teacher at heart and try to share things I find in my studies that are interesting and even exciting to me. I cannot change anyone. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. I have been told by someone in so many words, that I should work on myself instead of trying to change others. Here is what I included in something I wrote recently:

“Dwell more on this idea that Jesus is our salvation. Read Romans 3:24. It says that redemption is in Jesus; (IN JESUS not IN US)...redemption is something that happened in Him by His bringing us redemption, and it is through God’s grace and mercy that we can have an eternal share in that redemption, as well. In other words, that redemption that was in Him can become ours by faith, and not by works, because no works we do are good enough to redeem us. Only the works that Christ did, which He credits to us by faith, can bring redemption. How does this truth give you hope and assurance of salvation, especially when you feel overwhelmed by your own sense of unworthiness?” 

So, when we HAVE JESUS, we HAVE SALVATION by faith. Our faith is what saves us, not our works. Does that mean we can go on and do as we please? If we have Jesus in us, this will never continue to happen. It is He who gives us repentance (feeling sorry for the wrong things we do) and if we are not wanting to change those wrong things that make us feel sorry, we may need to pray to be MADE willing. It is beyond us. By beholding Jesus and God’s working in us, we gradually become changed. We become like what we think about and study and read about and see. By beholding Christ in all His beauty, we become changed. So that means we should guard well the avenues of the soul, what our eyes see, what our ears hear, and try to focus our attention more often on the beautiful things available to us, but we have to make the choice.  

I really have always been the one who is trying to “FIX” things and people. I have to pray to stop trying to do that. My goal must be only to share God’s love with others, not change them. That is God’s work, not mine. He will help me. He has done it over the years, but like the song says, “He’s still working on me.” Be patient with me. Be patient with others. And most of all, be kind. We are all born with freedom of choice, so we have to help and support each other as we look forward to the Lord’s coming.  We will all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. Read 1 Corinthians 155:52 - 54. That is my goal for you and everyone else—God wants us all to be saved. Let’s let go and let God do it. My email address is [email protected]  I do not have a smartphone.  

Maranatha

 

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