Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Speaking and acting in grace


“because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Romans 10:9 (NRSV)

There is something about speaking and doing that solidifies the truth in our hearts.  Psalms 15:1-2 (NRSV) says:  “O Lord, who may abide in your tent?  Who may dwell on your holy hill?  Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart.”  And Jesus says in John 17:8 (NRSV): “for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.”

Jesus came and spoke the words and performed the deeds that created the truth and saving grace that dwelt in the hearts of the disciples. 
 
Speaking the truth and performing deeds in love solidifies God’s grace in our hearts too.  It is important for us to speak and act our faith, even when our feelings urge us to do otherwise.  Modern American Christians are aware of the feeling aspect of our faith, and while feelings are important, it is the concrete facts that build up our foundation of faith.  The most important concrete fact is this:  God pours His grace into our lives to solidify our faith so that we may stand on His firm foundation and abide in Him.