Opportunities: What I Believe

 
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Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. -1 Peter 3:15 (NLT).

I would say that I have my fair share of opportunities to tell others about my beliefs, but if I am being honest, I don’t always do so. It can be hard these days to share your faith, in fear that you might be criticized or for fear that you may not have the best answer in response to someone’s question. For me, it’s a combination of the both. I know that I need to be prepared when asked about my faith, but what if I don’t have the right answer? What if my answer seems impossible or ridiculous to others? In my heart I truly want to share my hope and faith in Jesus, it just doesn’t always come out the way I want. So when I say that I am a Christian, this is what I mean.

When I say I am a Christian.....

When I say that I am a Christian, I am saying that I believe in the Holy Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe that God our Father in heaven is the creator of the Universe. His son, Jesus, was sent to be born, fully human, and then die on a cross for our sins, and when we choose to believe this, we can receive His salvation and spend eternal life with Him in Heaven one day. I believe that there is a part of God, called the Holy Spirit, that lives in us when we choose to accept Him as our Savior, and become born again.

When I say that I am a Christian, I am saying that I believe in what the Bible says, and I do my best to obey His word. On a daily basis, I try to do what is right as to bring glory and honor to Him. I work to have a close personal relationship with Him through prayer and going to church and having fellowship with other believers.

When I say that I am a Christian, I am not saying that I am perfect or that I am better than anyone or that I have it all together. I make mistakes just like everyone else! I make bad choices and I struggle with sin all the time. I am human and I am weak, in need of my Savior.

When I say that I am a Christian, I am not saying that I am here to judge you for what you choose to do in your life. I am here to do my best to love everyone and treat others the way that God loves and treats me, with gentleness, compassion, grace, and respect.

When I say that I am a Christian, I am asking that you forgive me when I mess up, because I am not perfect. I do my best to forgive and not to hold grudges because, my God has forgiven me. He is a loving God of second chances and I believe that everyone deserves a second chance!

This may not be the best answer or the perfect answer and it may not be the answer to every question about faith, but it’s my answer. It is my belief and my hope and it’s what I share when someone asks and I am given the opportunity.

Erin Kessler

 
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