Dear friend that met with me in my home yesterday afternoon, you model to me the Spirit of Christ who lives in you. I hear your words, but I hear even more clearly your heart. You are patient with me as you have been gently instructing me now for almost two years (2 Timothy 2:24-26). You correct, rebuke and encourage me with great patience (2 Timothy 4:2).
I feel so safe with you, and I know that as I confess my faults to you, I have been forgiven already. I know that when I fall into fear, which I’m so prone to do, that you do not hold it against me (2 Timothy 4:16). Every time we meet, I feel the warmth of your heart’s greeting, “Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I heard you yesterday. The noise of today, and the assault of my flesh may work to drown out the Good News later today, but I begin today by receiving His grace, His righteousness, His power of love and self-discipline. His holy life.
God saved me, called and bound me to our Lord’s holy life, not because of anything I have done, but according to His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us before the beginning of time. It has been revealed now through His death and resurrection. This grace has destroyed death. It is bringing life and immortality… to me. To you. To all of His dear blood-bought children.
And it was given in Christ. In Christ alone. To have Him is to have His life.
I love you brother. And I love our beautiful and perfect Lord Jesus. He who knew no sin, became the sin offering for us, traded places with us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.