Christ the Reality of Heaven

Imagine a place full of peace and filled with love. A home rich in spirit and deep in affection. An inhabitant brimming with kindness and overflowing with grace. Well, this residence exists and in Christ, we discover the reality of heaven.

God makes a believer’s life one worthy to receive His grace and sanctified through salvation in Jesus. Even in this broken world, the Lord brings us relief from the spiritual pain sin causes to our hearts. In fact, Christ gives us the Holy Spirit, and this allows us to live free on a planet anchored in wickedness.

Once we abandon our personal agenda and pick up our cross, then a glimpse of eternal life enters our lives. God wants us to experience His Spirit so we can find serenity while we live on the corrupted earth. Likewise, Christ comforts us from Satan’s cunning ways.

When I meditate on heaven, it makes me excited. Besides the obvious of meeting Christ and glorifying God the company the Lord puts me in is astonishing. Every one of those men and women of the Bible God saved awaits me.

I’m grateful to God for including me with His elite trusted servants.

The moment God saved us our affiliation with those incredible people of the Bible emerged.

In the Old Testament Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Habakkuk, Job, and Micah are there to welcome us. Ruth, Esther, Sarah, Leah, Rachel, and Deborah are there to embrace us with love. Those are a few of many God’s chosen ones before His deliverance of Christ.

Switching over to the New Testament our alliance continues. Peter, Thomas, Bartholomew, Andrew and the other seven original Disciples watch for our ascension into heaven. In like manner, Mary of Magdalen, Martha, Sapphira, Anna, and Phoebe look for our coming.

Wow God joins us with an exceptional list of faithful followers. This is not of our making but a gift from Him through our willingness to accept Christ as His entry into heaven. As shown above, our family is impressive!

Who are you most looking forward to meeting in heaven?

 

Christ Removes God’s Mystery

The greatest mystery of humanity is God’s existence. Throughout the ages, humans struggle with accepting the Lord as the creator and ultimate authority over the universe. In fact, many people collide with the Father’s truth. They create absurd concepts anchored in self-centered intellect trying to disprove God’s Living Spirit.

For example, Darwinism is a popular choice that may people take as the reason for our existence. This theory of evolution captures the minds of unstable souls leading to a belief of uncertainty. Charles Darwin believed creation came from random chance and mutations. Here he tries to convince others God doesn’t exist because everything in the universe is aimless without purpose.

The most compelling evidence of God’s presence is experiencing the Holy Spirit. No mystery lies behind the Lord’s breath of life because His Son Jesus Christ is the key to God’s wisdom. Remember, the Messiah is God’s kingdom and solves the debate over creation.

In my dark days, the confusion over God’s truth kept His word mystery. I lived life my way, and the road of self-destruction engulfed my spirit. My outlook on existence involved constant sinning and unnecessary suffering. Understanding a spiritual life was nil.

Under those circumstances, the Lord stayed silent. He knew the precise time when I became ready to hear His voice. It took physical, mental and spiritual bankruptcy to bring me to His doorstep. I reached the point of desperation, hopelessness and then God stepped in and comforted me with His compassion.

As soon as He called on me, everything changed.

The Lord saved my life, introduced me to Christ and removed the mystery of His kingdom. I’m grateful for His gift of salvation.

It’s in Christ we discover God. Until one turns away from sin and follows Christ as God’s way, then eternal life stays a mystery. To unveil God’s wisdom comes from reliance on Christ without reservations. We must concede to our innermost selves Christ as God’s salvation.

Once you find Christ, then the resolution to God’s mystery fades away, and access to spiritual knowledge with a power greater than temptation emerges. This courage to turn away from sin isn’t found within ourselves. Because it’s important to realize without Jesus, no one can live free from the bondage of self.

In the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians, it gives the best description of unlocking the mystery of God. Apostle Paul shares this with us.

“The mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  (Colossians 1:26-27 NKJV)

Given these points, it leaves no doubt God placed Christ as the one who solves the riddle of His sovereignty. Through God’s grace, our spiritual understanding increases and we find His the truth.

What are your thoughts on God’s mystery?

Abide in Christ and Discover Eternal Life

Christ is never unwilling to give to those who abide in Him. One of God’s greatest truth is knowing Jesus as His Son and taking action on Christ’s commandments. In fact, nothing pleases God more than living for Christ’s purpose. And the rewards from the Lord by following the Messiah are an endless delivery of divine grace, mercy, and love.

Salvation isn’t a theory. Ask someone who God saved and you’ll discover a powerful conviction to His truths. The saved person tells you nothing matches living in Christ. It’s the most profound experience anyone can have with God!

The Lord made a person’s life spiritually whole full of purpose and filled with meaning. To get this precious gift then faith in Christ is God’s preference. Without abiding in Jesus the strength of God stays elusive. But when you concede in Christ, the courage to live holy overtakes the lusts of the flesh.

The first thing to remember is God’s salvation plan starts with His grace through faith in Christ. Make no mistake, my friend, without Jesus eternal life with God stays at bay.

Christ said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

 

 

 

 

 

I remember my life before God introduced me to Christ. Prideful ambitions coupled with the chains of sin caused me tremendous suffering. My self-searching motives engulfed me in selfish behavior leading me to an isolated and lonely existence. Everything evolved around me leaving no room for selflessness.

This lifestyle bonded me to a life anchored in self-reliance and the inability to resolve problems reserved for Christ. My self-will run wild led me to a life full of turmoil and filled with relentless troubles.

It brings me great joy the transformation Christ instilled in me changed everything. I no longer rely on myself and as the result of abiding in Christ the freedom from sin is noticeable.

The Spirit of God entered my heart and the wisdom to understand His will is visible. This improved outlook upon my existence revolutionized my knowledge of Christ. For example, I discovered a love unlike any I’ve known. Likewise, a compassion for others emerged and spirit connects with the tribulations experienced by people.

Abide in Christ connects us to God. And a conscious contact with the Father leads to eternal life. The Lord’s grace is the reason we live in Christ.

How do you abide in Christ?

God’s Final Chapter: Christ’s Ascension

God never fails to keep His promise and Christ’s Ascension into heaven shows His action to make it known. No greater display of God’s love for humanity matches the return of Christ back to the Lord’s right hand. In fact, the Ascension completed Christ’s physical reign on earth and God’s final chapter.

Jesus’s departure from the world marks the start of God’s final chapter of salvation. Two-thousand and seventeen years ago this incredible act of God unfolded and paved the way to Christ’s second coming. With this in mind, we must expand our knowledge of Christ, so we don’t become complacent in faith and live in infinite darkness.

The moment Jesus took His seat at God’s right hand this demolished Satan’s power. The Ascension overtook the devil’s domain setting in motion God’s ultimate power over His kingdom. And it erased Adam’s original sin.

A point often overlooked is how Christ’s arrival back to heaven makes Him God’s intercessor. When Jesus taught His ministry on earth, He took the form of man, and everyone saw Him. But His Ascension transfigured Him from flesh to a Living Spirit. Now sitting next to God He intercedes for the Lord’s chosen ones.

The Son of Man in His glorious consciousness makes us worthy to receive the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact without Christ’s intercession, our spiritual lives stay incomplete. In Jesus, we become holy and favorable in God’s eyes. This remarkable connection with our Messiah smashes the devil’s intentions of turning us away from God.

In the Old Testament times, God used the Holy Spirit to keep His trusted servants (Prophets) focused on carrying His word to the Israelites. They became a liaison between humanity and God. But with God’s new covenant Christ is an anchor to everlasting life.

Christ commands us to ask Him for help (John 14:12-14),   and the ascension made this possible. Without Christ’s help, we stay oppressed. But with Him as our Savior, we become transformed into a child of God. And this keeps us united in God’s kingdom.

When I meditate on Christ’s return to God, it brings me great joy. For me, it’s important to realize my eternal inheritance is how earnest I am in denying myself and letting Jesus guide my life. Even in my imperfections Jesus never fails to give me with God’s daily bread. All I have to do is continue seeking and follow the commands of the Lord.

What does Christ’s Ascension mean to you?

 

God’s Greatest Commission the Holy Spirit

Now that Christ rose from the dead and taken His seat at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19) then it becomes our responsibility to partake in the Great Commission. Since God’s Spirit is alive and we believe in the resurrection, this holds us accountable to spread the Good News. In fact, it’s in the Holy Spirit we discover the wisdom behind God’s message of salvation.

God’s new Covenant includes the Trinity and illuminates a believer’s spiritual life. Once God’s awakens His chosen ones, His Living Spirit transforms the heart of a faithful servant. This gift from Christ supplies us with God’s wisdom and governs us to carry the truth to others (Romans 1:16).

One of my favorite conversation is the one placing God as the focal point. When I share with others, the impact Christ makes in my life a God consciousness emerges. This spiritual connectedness inspires me to devote myself to His purpose. Nothing brings me greater joy than glorifying God and in return, the Holy Spirit brings an internal peace unmatched in the world temptations.

Likewise, the moment God captured my life everything changed. His grace empowered me with the Holy Spirit and put me in the hands of Christ. Since then a new and improved outlook on life took root and keeps me seeking God’s truth. But the neatest experience is growing in the image of Christ. I love the way God teaches me.

When it became known Christ rose from the dead, then He appeared to the Eleven Disciples. Their first thoughts on the risen King brought doubt. They couldn’t fathom Jesus resurrection. And Jesus in His glorious triumph took away their disbelief and sent them out to baptize with the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Here, Christ gives them the power of the Holy Spirit to anoint discipleship to God’s people. It’s important to realize the Trinity is the backbone of salvation. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the qualities of a real disciple and separates true believers from the world.

God’s Living Spirit coupled with Christ’s Deity is an unshakable foundation for eternal life. They are full of spiritual power and the devil flees knowing it’s impossible to penetrate Christ’s armor. In fact, salvation is the greatest protection against the cunning ways of God’s enemy.

Given these points, it’s easy to understand God uses the Holy Spirit to finish real discipleship. The Lord never leaves us in doubt and our personal experience with His Living Spirit gives testimony to Christ’s faithfulness!

Christ’s Resurrection Unveiled God’s Final Plan

God unveiled His promise of an eternal life free from sin through Christ’s resurrection. This assurance of a life spent in spiritual bliss isn’t a theory but a reality to those who live in Christ. And a believer understands this truth because God’s Living Spirit gives them the courage to live holy in a world riddled with evilness.

When I ponder over the great Resurrection, it brings me joy knowing God amended Adam and Eve’s disobedience (Genesis 3:22). It’s important to realize this undeniable event transformed my life into God’s light. So without understanding Christ’s rising from the dead my spiritual life stays elusive.

When Jesus unfolded God’s plan for the end of His time on earth (John 2:19), it set in motion the reality of Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension. Those who heard Him speak on these events became confused. They imagined He meant destroying the physical building and rebuilding it in three days.

With this in mind, we must accept God’s temple is Christ Himself. Those present when Jesus spoke of the resurrection couldn’t grasp the Lord’s unique way of redemption. Yet when Mary Magdalene saw the open tomb and God’s angel told her the news of the resurrected King, she became overjoyed (Matthew 28:1-10)

We are fortunate for Matthew’s recording of Christ’s rising from the dead. Because when the actual resurrection occurred and the Roman soldiers shared this news with the chief priests they bribed them (Matthew 28:12). Then instructed them to use dishonesty and blame the Disciples for stealing His body (28:13-14).

Under those circumstances, a web of doubt engulfed those alive during this significant interaction with God’s plan of salvation. For example, the Apostle Thomas refused to believe Christ arose from the dead until he touched the wounds of Christ’s body (John 20:24-26).

Not much has changed since those ancient days. Many people reject the resurrection. They cling to individualism rooted in self-searching motives. Everlasting life isn’t their focus because they live in the here and now. And they live a fast-paced existence missing out on the spiritual nature of life.

In the past, I recoiled from the Lord. My outlook on Him was one of disbelief. I spent every day spewing my agnostic venom on others. Even in those dark times, God had plans for me to partake in His Son’s resurrection. I the hope your experience with the Great Commission captures your faith in a profound way.

In summary, God’s exposure to Christ’s resurrection gives us an endless delivery of grace. It’s in this powerful act of the Lord we become purposeful and spiritual useful in proclaiming the Gospel. Now with our newfound wisdom, we can live in this broken world.

How do you live in the resurrection?

God’s Unbelievable Sacrifice

God’s unbelievable sacrifice of His Son shows each faithful believer His undeniable love for those who glorify Him. Throughout, the Old Testament, the Lord taught His people how to make sacrifices favorable to Him. And when our Father delivered Christ as His new covenant then He planned to offer the death of His son as the gift of salvation.

Good Friday reminds us of Christ’s death. Each year this significant reflection on God’s incredible sacrifice keeps us focused on Christ’s ministry. God used Christ’s death to set us free from original sin.

God’s love for humanity is hard to fathom. The most compelling evidence of God’s love is His eagerness to interact with humans. In fact, when Adam and Eve fell from His grace He didn’t stop loving them. Instead, God forgave and reopened His door (Genesis 3:22).

Likewise, Christ is our tree of life. Nothing is more satisfying to God than to watch us surrender our wills and lives over to His Son. And God’s personal sacrifice of His Son makes life on earth a joyful experience.

In the centuries leading up to Christ’s arrival on earth, God used the Prophets to teach His children the truth of His word. In those times most of the people rejected or ridiculed the Lord’s messengers. They stayed in disbelief. And when God changed His method of faith (Christ) many of them couldn’t accept God’s new plan.

In Christ’s final hours (Matthew 27:45-50), God showed those witnessing this sacrifice His disapproval for rejecting His Son. Verse 45 sets the mood of God by the darkness He shed on the land. It’s important to realize when God darkens the sky He is manifesting His wrath.

And in verses (Matthew 27:51-54)  we see God’s wrath on display.

Imagine experiencing an earthquake and watching the dead rise from their graves. Those terrifying events are most compelling evidence to God’s existence. This shows the power of God because it’s supernatural and unrepeatable.

One of the more popular verses in this part of Matthew’s Gospel is scripture 27:46 when Christ cried out to God.

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Matthew 27:46

This scripture’s impact is mighty. Here God shows Christ absorbing the sins of the world. Christ’s death separates sin, and it’s a point often overlooked. It’s in this statement God completes His unbelievable sacrifice.

Christ’s crucifixion is crucial to remember. But to stop here isn’t wise. Because it’s in His resurrection, we become God’s new creations!

Divided We Stand In God’s Glory

God used Christ’s kingship to set His chosen ones apart from those who fail to glorify Him. The great division between real believers and people unfit to live in spiritual eternity became necessary. And it’s in becoming divided we stand in God’s glory!

Christ made it known (Matthew 10:34-39), He didn’t come with peace but to carry out God’s ruling. In fact, God decided it was time to rescue His people from the false teachers and set up Christ as His Supreme Ruler. So, from this point forward a real believer must accept Christ as God’s way (John 14:6).

 

It’s important to realize not everyone enters heaven. This may confuse you because we hear a belief in Christ (Acts 16:31) equals salvation. Christ shared this:

 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV)

With this in mind, Jesus is reminding us a simple belief isn’t enough. We must go further and live by examples of God’s grace (Romans 10:9). This means our actions must show others the internal changes Christ made in our hearts.

Remember talk is cheap, but faith in action is life-changing (James 1:22).

The message of Christ’s division is easy to grasp. It’s in those verses (Matthew 10:34-39) that Christ shows God’s truth on a believer’s relationship with Christ.

First, He shows us loving Him must become our number one priority and fail to love Him above everything will end up unfavorable in God’s eyes (Matthew 10:37).

It’s important to realize our love for Christ must go beyond the kind we have for our families and friends. God commands us to love him first then love others (Matthew 22:36-40). Our ancient ancestor Abraham is a prime example of how to love God even when it means denying a love for family (Genesis 22:1-24).

Christ divided love as a reminder of glorifying God. Here we must accept the Lord as the reason we live and love Him without reservations. In reality, Jesus is saying by loving God first our affection towards family increases.

As important to loving Christ is denying oneself for His purpose (Matthew 10:38). Nothing is more satisfying to God than humbling ourselves before Christ. When we abandon our personal agenda and seek Christ, then God steps in and blesses us with His grace. This remarkable interaction with God is experiencing the undeniable existence of the Holy Spirit.

Again, Christ teaches us we must become divided from our powerlessness over temptations. Until I surrender myself to Jesus, the mystery of God stays elusive.

I experienced both sides of this division. On the negative side, I defied God. In this chapter of my existence agnosticism caused me immense suffering. I tried my best in convincing others to turn away from God by pointing out His unresponsive reactions to the wickedness of the world.

My argument based on the cruelty people inflicted on each other was wrong. I didn’t understand how God works in a broken world. As shown above, those thoughts got me nowhere.

It brings me great joy to announce God has removed my disbelief. Today I no longer live on the wrong side of Christ’s division. As a matter of fact the Lord shed His grace upon me, and now I see the world through faith’s eyes. This new and profound outlook isn’t of my making but Christ.

Given these points, I owe everything to God.

In summary, Jesus’s division paves the way to an eternal life with God. Jesus divided us so we can glorify God in heaven.

What’re your thoughts on Christ’s division?

Redemption Through God Unbiasedness

One undeniable fact of God is His fairness. The root of this truth first surfaced after Adam and Eve’s great fall from His grace. Once God finished handing them their consequences for disobedience, He provided a way out (Genesis 3:22). It’s here, where God’s unbiasedness gave birth to faith and redemption.

The ensuing story is my experience with the Lord’s impartial interaction with me.

On the negative side, agnosticism fueled my disbelief of God and I spread its poison to anyone with open ears. Many times I argued God’s none-existent using the evilness of the world to point out His dislike for humanity.

How could God exist in a world riddled with death, hatred, and cruelty to children?

This outlook on God showed my misunderstanding of faith. I couldn’t grasp the idea those kinds of human actions in the world are not acts of God but the results from wicked people doing evil deeds. In my mind, I used those realities as a way to reject God. I didn’t know faith is an example of the inner changes God provides to remove sin’s corruption.

During this period of life, my thoughts became influenced by alcohol and drugs. This sent me on the road of self-destruction causing severe problems.

In fact, addiction almost killed me. One time I wrecked the car. It happened driving home from a bar. I became intoxicated from several hours of hard drinking and this impaired my ability to think. My drunkenness caused me to veer off the side of the road and crashed into a metal utility pole.

Then the next thing I remember is waking up in the middle of the road in the opposite direction from the flow of traffic. Even though I walked away uninjured, this incident put me in the path of death. This wasn’t enough to stop me ruining my life. I continued driving drunk.

Besides the substance abuse, I lived in fierce resentment, self-centered fear, and other unrighteous behavior. Sin ran wild, causing emotional, mental and physical harms to many people. My life continued to get worse, and along the way, suicide raised its ugly head.

Then one day in the spring of 1985 God got my attention. Alcoholism reduced me to one hundred and ten pounds, looked as if I was walking death and ended back home at mom’s house. This devastated her, and those tears she cried showed the terror behind her eyes. Now she experienced up close a frightening example of the horrors of an unsaved soul. With the agony of defeat prevalent and nowhere else to turn I heard God’s calling.

God took my hand and taught me the real meaning of life. His light overpowered the darkness hanging over my head. And nothing mattered except God. Over the next fifteen years, the relationship between God and me blossomed. He gave me the keys to the meaningful and purposeful life anchored in His purpose.

Even though God took hold of me, He understood I wasn’t ready for His way of living. And in the summer of 2000, I chose to distant myself from God. It began with complacency. You know those times when I believe my spiritual life is well but fail to rely upon Him. Well, this lack of faith cost me His grace, and three years later I returned to the nightmare of addiction.

It wasn’t a wise decision returning to alcoholism. But because of my dead faith and failing to recognize my error God’s voice fell on deaf ears. Under those circumstances, the day I drank, alcoholism returned with a vengeance.

Over the next eight years nothing I tried to ease the unnecessary suffering caused by my disobedience worked. My ability to make sound decisions ceased to exist, and this drove me deeper into despair. In my darkest days, I remember sitting on the couch with no electricity or running water with a cooler full of beer getting drunk. Self-pity filled my heart driven by my refusal to turn back to God.

I tried geographic changes to no avail. Every time I moved the lurking notion of impending doom never left my mind. Other ways included changing friends, hangout places and isolating myself at home. Nothing overtook the reality of my choice to walk away from God. And from my actions to live willful the quality of life continued to get worse.

Alcohol became my worst enemy and every time I drank the blackouts from abusing it became severe. It wasn’t uncommon for me to awaken from a blackout with black eyes or broken ribs because others told me I became violent. They had to manhandle me to stop me from causing more physical damage to property. And this led to more destructive drinking to drown out the embarrassment.

Not sure what happened. One day in the summer of 2011 I asked God for help. And within a few weeks, God’s Living Spirit became visible. He embraced me with His grace. God showed me mercy, and Christ entered my heart. This remarkable and unbelievable spiritual awakening changed me forever.

I knew God answered my cry for help because He removed my obsession with alcohol. No longer was I consumed with constant thoughts of getting drunk. Those became non-existent and God replaced them with a peace of mind unlike any other I had every experience. And God freed me from the bondage of self and as the result of His intervention, my thoughts shifted from the alcohol to thinking on Him.

I am grateful the Lord gave me another chance. Today I keep my faith active. For example, once awaken the first thoughts of the day begin with glorifying God. Prayer is where it starts and throughout the day a conscious effort made to rely upon Christ. And every night a sincere thanking for His daily bread.

God didn’t give up on me nor will He for you. His unbiased treatment of me keeps me seeking Christ and I look forward spending time with Him. I cherish His Spirit. I hope your experience is one full of His love and filled with His presence!

What Lies Beneath the Parables?

Parables are priceless analogies of faith in action. Jesus used them to show examples of God’s truths through visualizing His word through a story. And what lies beneath the parables is an endless delivery of God’s wisdom.

In Matthew’s Gospel twenty parables come to the surface and overall thirty-nine appear in three Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). With this in mind, we see they play a significant role in learning God’s truths.

Their simplicity is a point often overlooked. The Parables are full of incredible insight of God’s word, yet I have a tendency to over-think them and complicate the message. This is why placing my trust in Christ is crucial in understanding these fascinating scriptures. Because my limited knowledge isn’t enough to comprehend their profound meanings.

It may surprise you not everyone understood Christ’s parables (Matthew 13:10-15). Since God knows the hearts of humans (Luke 16:15) and at Jesus’ time on earth, many lived in dead faith; He decided to hide their meanings. And their refusal to accept God’s real word cost them the wisdom to understand God’s will.

In fact, the Apostles were the first men to gain the knowledge (Matthew 13:16-17) of their powerful lessons. Jesus knew His ascension into heaven was inevitable and used the Parables as a way of preparing them for life after His departure. Christ explained their secrets to help them spread His Gospel.

It’s in the Parables we find the spiritual actions needed to apply God’s truth in our daily lives. They cover a multitude of Christian behavior favorable in God’s eyes. For one thing, they teach us the value of faith, love, and humility. Each of them gives reverence to the way God intends for us to live in harmony with Him and the world.

For example, the Parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), shows Christ’s way of humility. Here we see how one’s impartial generosity stirs up an unacceptable reaction in receiving fairness. In this case, Christ’s message is humility. And humility is gratitude in disguise, but complaining is the result of a hardened heart.

Another more famous Parable is the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9). This leaves no doubt the faith needed for finding God’s saving grace (Ephesians 2:8). It is important to realize real faith and Christ great explanation (Matthew 13:18-23), points out God’s definition of eternal faith (Matthew 13:23).

And we must follow Jesus so we can build on the Lord’s unshakable foundation and secure our eternal lives.

One of the most compelling evidence of love is the Parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35). Behind the act of forgiving is unconditional love.

When we forgive others, our love radiates through a compassionate heart. It’s in our willingness to let go of our hurt feelings and show our offenders a loving spirit. This valuable lesson teaches us it’s pointless to hold onto bitterness. This great freedom transforms our lives into one working for Christ and living God’s will.

When I spend time on the Parables, I meditate on them. I breathe in their spiritual air refreshing my spirit and re-energizing my heart. And I ask myself what the action I need to take so I bring them into my life is.

We have discussed a few Parables. Now that we have a basic understanding of their purpose then it becomes easy to use them in helping us grow in the knowledge of Christ. We will never find God’s hidden wisdom until we take time and apply them to our faith.

What do you find lurking beneath the Parables?