27 December 19

I would put it to you that there are no good Christians. To be a good Christian you would obey the spirit of God and the word of God completely and without reservation. I struggle with that: my desires and will are at war with God.

But this I know: that when I give up and am honest with God, when I tell him what I am thinking, then I can share what is in my spirit.

And it ts then I have peace. Though there are struggles, and pain, and concerns, within those close to me and without.

For this world wants us to take on all that is wrong in this world, or at least accept blame for it. Christ came instead that we may walk with him.

1 John 5:1-12

5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

5 Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for the testimony of God is this, that He has testified concerning His Son. 10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son. 11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life.