“God’s up there, we are down here, it’s our job to do what He tells us to do so He doesn’t smite us down. I hate it when people say ‘God’s my best friend’, He can’t be your best friend. None of that ‘when I looked back at the footprints in the sand’ stuff. We are not worthy, period.” I find myself grieving over these words that came out of the mouth of a co-worker and friend.
He isn’t an atheist. In fact he goes to church on a regular basis. (We even send our daughter to preschool there, and although not my denomination, I know it to be a good church). I have even caught him reading a book about how to be a better Catholic. I’ve known him for many years, and I truly believe he wants to do what is right.
Which is perhaps why it grieved me so much that he firmly believes that it is not possible to have a personal relationship with Christ. Why it grieves me that he does not understand GRACE.
I wonder how could he have grown up in church and act as if he had never even heard of GRACE? He told me that Catholics don’t believe that, it’s all about hell and damnation. It’s just those crazy non-denominational churches with their rock & roll music and no crosses on the walls that believe that stuff.
I told him that I know MANY Catholics who would call God their best friend. That I KNOW that grace is a huge part of Catholic teachings. In fact, forgiveness, that’s the core message of the Bible. He was silent for a moment.
He then asked me if I had ever read the Bible? When I said “yes, every day“, he walked away. The conversation was over.
I find myself reflecting on this conversation, I cannot seem to get it out of my mind. So I pray for an opportunity to share with him…
The wonders of GRACE.
But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:8
That’s the very definition of GRACE – unmerited favor, and every spiritual blessing.
The cleansing relief of FORGIVENESS.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge. He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:8-12
The essence of life…to know and be known by God.
But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him]. 1 Corinthians 8:3.
And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father! Galatians 4:6
That is how we were meant to live.
I pray that we will chance to talk again, and that when we do, that I will have the words to speak, and He the heart to hear.
GRACE. FORGIVENESS. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP.
Let me never take it for granted.
* All scripture references from the Amplified Bible