Wonderful depiction of God’s Love, grace and mercy. We benefit greatly from an eternal relationship with the True and Living God. The cross we bear of trust, obedience and sacrifice through faith is light compared to what the Lord has done for us.
Thanks, grool, for that. I was struggling with my own comment — not wanting to rain on this parade of beautiful sentiment. Jesus does want our hearts . . . and our minds, soul, and to love him with all our strength. And to love our neighbors as ourselves. And to do all that He requires obedience. And we all know it’s not as easy as it sounds. Paul famously said, “I do the things I don’t want to do and I don’t do the things I want to do.” So, the kicker is we can try to be and do good but we are totally incapable of loving Jesus perfectly and must rely on his death and resurrection for salvation.
Easy to say, not so easy to do.
When I look upon Obola, HRC, Pelosi, Schumer, Ryan, McConnell, McCain, Jackson-Lee, Mueller and his familiars, and a host of others, my heart fills with rage, not love. I have to admonish myself, over and over again, that all this is transitory stuff – dream stuff – and that ONLY He is eternal.
I understand what you say because I was “raised” on what is called Lordship Salvation, a grievous error.
Happily, it is a fact that nothing less than one’s co-death with Christ – reckoned by the Father as a fact the moment one believes the saving good news I posted earlier – will save from sin. That’s what Paul taught.
Most don’t know this but one FIRST has to die with Christ to then be raised to new life in Him.
Death first, then life.
THEN, and only then, is Christ forever the believer’s very life, as Paul tells us. But not before, and not without, being declared dead by God.
Problem is, most don’t like the thought of being declared helpless and dead. They’d much rather do what they can to help, which is nothing, and thereby send themselves to Hell.
So again, I maintain that God doesn’t want us to give Him our sinful hearts or any other activity. He’s already condemned the heart as wicked anyway.
No, He wants us to put 100% faith in what the Son did FOR us, none of which we could do for ourselves.
Think of it this way: offering up anything (including he heart) to God in order to gain or keep salvation is salvation by works. It says one has done something to help God save him…that Christ did not do it ALL.