By His Grace: It’s all about the relationship

Edith Nevis

Many may have wondered what I meant when mentioned your acceptance of Christ as Lord and Savior has nothing to do with religion and all to do with a relationship. Too often when either renewing our faith in Christ or accepting him for the first time there is a misconception that a person must either work for their salvation or go through some sort of ritual to obtain it.

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Neither is true. When God created mankind, He did so with the sole purpose of relationship in mind. When Christ came to redeem you and me from the curse of the law, he, too, came with the purpose of an everlasting relationship.

“All those the father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”  

When Jesus gave of his life on the cross for you and me he placed us in right standing before the Father in heaven. The only requirement for you and me is to have faith and believe in him. Christ is our redeemer. It is written: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  

To be in a relationship with Christ is a humbling experience. The more you experience his love, the more you are in position to share it with others and in doing so we become more like him. His love wraps itself completely around you and me and never let’s go. Sadly, and too often people struggle with the notion they are worthy of such love. 

"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  

To humble oneself in any relationship requires us to become submissive to another, that is to yield to an authority above our own in complete and absolute trust. In society today this is difficult. Relationships absent of God are often viewed through the lens of dysfunction; interpreted as abusive emotionally, physically, or mentally. Due to past hurt and disappointments by man, the lord is too often compared to man. Here is where we wrestle within ourselves when building a relationship with Christ. 

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."  

To bring honor to God through our relationship with his son, set aside pride, where self-sufficiency rules. The Lord is always the gentleman and never intrudes. When in a relationship with Christ, he needs to know he is welcome and wanted in our lives. 

"The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all."  

Do you agree the word of God is true? Then cease worrying about circumstances beyond your control. Cast your cares upon the lord.  

When a promise is given by God, he keeps it. Be anxious about nothing but find comfort in knowing you serve a God that can never fail. He knows every detail of our existence while addressing all situations in life with care and deep affection for us. We can honor the lord in our relationships by fully trusting in his abilities and not our own. And stop questioning the validity of God’s love for you. You and I are viewed by God as worthy and valuable just as we are. 

“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.”  

And furthermore, it’s never required to be perfect before Him. In fact, the Lord came to gather unto Him the imperfect to make perfect in Him. It is written: “For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified [bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity].” 

Brothers and sisters, the time draws near to the return to our soon coming king. Time is becoming increasingly short to make what will be the most important decision in your life. If you are ready for a relationship with theLlord, or would like to renew it, allow me to extend an invitation to experience his unconditional love for you. By your own free will you accept Christ as lord and savior. Do not allow this moment to pass; tomorrow is not promised. 

Please repeat this prayer: "Lord, Jesus, forgive me of my sins I committed against you. I believe Jesus died for my sins and has risen again. Please come into my life and heart and lead the way. I confess you as my Lord and Savior from this day forward. In Jesus' name, amen." 

Welcome into the family of Christ.  

May the lord keep you and bless you continuously. Shalom, go in peace.  

Bible references: John 6:37-40 NIV; John 14:6 KJV; Romans 5:8; John 14:27; Psalms 34:17-19; Isaiah 43:4 NIV; Hebrews 10:14 AMP. To obtain the full benefits of each verse, please read the five verses before and after each verse. 

-- Edith Nevis can be reached at 857-2200 or at enevis@gannett.com.