Words from the Heart for Friday April 23rd, 2021
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
Romans 2:7 (NIV)
Life in the trenches of World War 1 was unimaginably difficult. Rats and lice tormented the troops by day and night. Oversized rats, bloated by the food and waste of stationary armies, helped spread disease and were a constant irritant. In 1918, doctors also identified lice as the cause of trench fever, which plagued the troops with headaches, fevers, and muscle pain. The unsanitary conditions of trench life, especially the cold, persistent dampness, resulted in trench foot, a frost-bite-like infection that in extreme cases, led to gangrene and amputation.
A Christian is someone who has had a life transforming experience with Jesus Christ. The moment we put our faith and trust in the Lord, He gives us a whole new nature. Our desires change, our heart become soft towards Him and others, and our sin is removed. The challenge is that we still live in a world that is pulling at us to turn from Christ and begin to think and act like it wants us to – like we did before we came to know Christ. Jesus understands this – He lived in our world for 33 years and knew what it was to face temptation. So, God often gives us some good advice about living victoriously in this world, and doing so for the long term. Romans 2:7 says this: “To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” Eternal life is a gift – God gives it to all who put their faith in Jesus. But we are not called to sit and soak in our salvation. We are called to persistently live a life that brings glory and honour to the Lord Jesus. Do you?
These have been words from the heart.