Good morning, darling!
I hope you had a phenomenal week. ^_^ I’ve been fighting some sort of sickness. Maybe the flu. I’m still not over it. Oh, well.
Today, I just wanted to share something with you. I was reading my Bible last night and stumbled across Sirach 15:11-20.
12 Don’t claim that he has misled you; he doesn’t need the help of sinners to accomplish his purposes.
13 The Lord hates evil in all its forms, and those who fear the Lord find nothing attractive in evil.
14 When, in the beginning, the Lord created human beings, he left them free to do as they wished. (“Free will, though it makes evil possible, also makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” – C.S. Lewis)
15 If you want to, you can keep the Lord’s commands. You can decide whether you will be loyal to him or not.
16 He has placed fire and water before you; reach out and take whichever you want.
17 You have a choice between life and death; you will get whichever you choose.
18 The Lord’s wisdom and power are great and he sees everything.
19 He is aware of everything a person does, and he takes care of those who fear him.
20 He has never commanded anyone to be wicked or given anyone permission to sin.
What struck me was the fact that life is a constant choice. Being a Christian is a constant choice. It’s not a once-and-done sort of thing. You can lose your salvation (Matt. 7:21-23; 2 Peter 2:20-22; 2 Tim. 2:11-12 …)
But you know what? You can also get it back.
Salvation is a process and God wants to help us through it. As a proud (practicing) Catholic, I believe that I have been saved (Mark 16:16; Eph. 2:8-9; Romans 6:3-4), am being saved through cooperation with grace (I Cor. 1:18, I Cor. 15:1-3; II Cor. 6:1), and I will be saved if I persevere in the Faith (Matt. 10:22; Romans 2:6-7; Gal. 6:7-9).
You see, if I say I’m a Christian, but go and murder someone, I’m not acting like a Christian; therefore, I’m not a Christian. Actions are more important than words. You can say whatever you want all day long, but in the end, what matters is what you did.
We’re not saved by our works, but without them, we’re useless. (Contrary to what many believe, Catholics do not believe works save them. We believe they are necessary, but we cannot earn salvation.)
In James 2:17, we’re reminded that, “faith of itself, if it does not have work, is dead.” And in verse 24, James says, “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.” And later: “For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (2:26).
I encourage you all to choose life with me. 🙂