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A Question of Salvation

Updated on August 22, 2018
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The Lessons


I once had my salvation questioned by a man I chose to release from my life without a verbal conversation or his consent. He did not go quietly into the night, but instead began a text attack questioning who I am and what I represent. It prompted me to share the lesson of this experience, clarify the question, and thank God for allowing me the divine opportunity to learn my lessons on a deeper, transformative level. Since I have also chosen not to entertain the texts or communicate further at this time, I address the question in this manner, forum and community.


As in the phrase spoken by Sean Connery in The Untouchables, “Herein lies the lesson”:

  1. Do not cast your pearls before swine; it can result in an unpleasant backlash, especially when you decide it’s time to release, let go and move on without their permission.
  2. “When a person shows you who they are, believe them (the first time).” This is a Maya Angelou quote that has resonated with me from the beginning of this relationship and I will now immediately heed, accepting what is, instead of hoping for a change or believing what I want it to be and see. I’m not sure if Maya said “the first time” or if that point was emphasized in my coaching and spiritual development communities, but it is sage advice no matter who said it.
  3. Do not be unequally yoked. How can two walk together unless they agree? When you have to agree to disagree most of the time about the way you think, feel and operate, there is cause for concern, you are not the best people for each other and it's only a matter of time before the inevitable occurs on every level.


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About Salvation


Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be bought or earned. It is not dependent on what you do or don’t do. It is simply the verbal confession and heart belief that Jesus is Lord, died for your sins and was raised up by God. Now this does not give one license to do and live any way one pleases that is contrary to the will and ways of God. God knows our hearts and minds and will not tolerate willful disobedience; all disobedience comes with consequences. The second work of grace, following salvation, is to strive for holy living one day at a time, growing in spiritual development to represent the God whose image we are created in.


However, Christian critics should bear in mind that God calls us to come as we are and this spiritual journey is a life-long process for imperfect people, striving toward perfection and often looking for love in all the wrong places. I am not offering this as an excuse because as Christians and spiritual beings, we ought to be growing in God daily. But, the reality is that as long as we are in this fleshly body, we will slip and fall in word or deed on our way to the final destination, which is why I thank God for grace and mercy. Grace has been defined as receiving what we do not deserve; and mercy has been defined as not receiving what we do deserve.


For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 (NLT)


The Exhortation


So, to my former friend and love: I gave fair warning of my position, desires and tolerance level and chose to cut my losses and move forward unapologetically and without a consult when it no longer felt like love, value or appreciation. I pray peace, healing and growth for us both. Be blessed and stay well.


To my readers: Recognize and acknowledge the signs, learn and apply the lessons; be true to who you are, and honor and love yourself enough to separate from those things that do not align with who you are and what you desire to experience.


Be blessed, One love,


Jo Anne Meekins

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    • Inspired 4 U profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Anne Meekins 

      5 years ago from Queens, NY

      Amen. We must always check ourselves first & address any issues that ring true. Although the rebuke was emotionally manipulative, it caused me to step up to a higher standard of living/conduct. I am grateful for the lesson and am a better Christian example because of it.

      Thank you for sharing your time & comments on my experience. I appreciate it & pray God's blessings overflow in your life.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      5 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I really like it that when someone questioned your salvation, you didn't grow defensive, but went back to what Scripture says salvation is. It's a great lesson. We know that rebuke can be sincere correction, or it can be an attempt at emotional manipulation. In either case, checking ourselves against God's word keeps us on solid ground. Thanks for an encouraging hub.

    • Inspired 4 U profile imageAUTHOR

      Jo Anne Meekins 

      6 years ago from Queens, NY

      Thank you and yes, repentance is important and a state I walk in daily. I appreciate your time, supportive words and inclusive comments to round out the hub.

      Be blessed

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      sonfollowers 

      6 years ago from Alpharetta, GA

      Wise words indeed. My favorite is "when a person shows you who they are, believe them." I never actually knew who said that. I'm glad you included the originator. All of them are good and valuable. Your section on salvation was good as well. The only thing I would have added to this is repentance and then confession of your belief (mentioned by Paul).

      All in all, a very good reminder of important relational boundaries.

      Thanks.

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