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Morning Coffee with Jesus - August 8, 2012

Updated on August 7, 2012

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God.3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Rom 5:1-5) NIV

Greetings loved ones! Welcome to Wednesday!

Recently I heard a question on the radio that caused me to stop and think. The question was, “What sets Christians apart from unbelievers?” I have to admit, it was a good question and I’m glad the host of the radio show to which I was listening at the time, asked such an open-ended question.

As I thought about how I would respond to the question, I thought about how Jesus’ love for me brought me to salvation and how the love I have for others draws them closer to the Savior. So I decided that it was love that sets Christians apart from unbelievers.

As I continued to ponder the question I realized that love is not enough to separate Christians from unbelievers. It also takes hope – hope in the truth of God’s word that tells me that I will either be caught up in the air to meet Jesus face to face or, if I have already died, that my body will rise from the grave and catch up with my soul already in Eternity. Unbelievers have no such hope so, I surmised, THAT is what sets me apart from unbelievers.

But as the day went on, I realized that hope apart from faith in Christ Jesus is no different than a child hoping for a pony at Christmas. Faith is the “glue” that holds hope and love together. We have faith that Jesus rose from the dead and will one day come back for His Bride, the church. This faith causes us to hope in the resurrection and the life to come. When we realize what Jesus’ act of selflessness on the cross gained for you and me, it is hard not to love Him and then want to be like Him - loving others in return.

What I thought would be a short answer to the host’s question turned out to be a question that I pondered for the majority of the afternoon. It was not an easy question to answer but it was a question I will always be able to answer going forward.

So how would you answer the question, “What sets Christians apart from unbelievers?” One day someone may ask and what a perfect opportunity to share your love for Christ Jesus. Remember, you may be the only Bible the person has ever read. Be prepared!

Have a wonderful day in Jesus!

Blessings,
Elisa


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    • Rina Pinto profile image

      Rina Pinto 

      6 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Yes Elisa .. it is we who are called out of the darkness .. we just sit so quiet often thinking its not our job... We must encourage one another and lift all those who have back slidden in their ways.. the lost sheep, the prodigal sons/daughters and the new Goats .. we must bring them hitter to the sheep pan as just what Jesus did to his lost sheep. It is our call of duty .. so lets be on our guard wearing the Amour of God and charge a a Soldier of Jesus Christ marching onwards.. The Battle is God's and the Victories are ours here on earth as well.

    • Elisa Yager profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisa Yager 

      6 years ago

      Rina:

      Thank you for your input. You are indeed correct - the harvest is ready and Jesus is preparing those who He can use to bring them in! I truly hope and pray that we have that opportunity to reach the lost for Christ. Blessings to you dear sister!!

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      Rina Pinto 

      6 years ago from Dubai - UAE

      Dear Elisa Yager, have voted up as Useful & Interesting. Amen indeed beautiful question. The Harvest is ready are the Harvesters ready to Preach, Teach Jesus? The "draw outs" are called to do the works. We are the Ambassadors of Jesus Christ, a peculiar people of His Holy Pastures. Important we must Repent, Obey and be Prepared to be used by God as His Wholesome Vessels for the lost sheep here on earth. God Bless you wonderful to have Coffee with Jesus .!

    • Elisa Yager profile imageAUTHOR

      Elisa Yager 

      6 years ago

      Thank you honeybee2u! Truly God-inspired writing and I'm so blessed to know you enjoyed reading it!

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      honeybee2u 

      6 years ago from PNG

      Amen! Elisa and thank you for sharing this powerful Word. I like "faith is the glue that holds hope and love together".

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