As a christian, what is the most important aspect of your faith to you?
The answers to this question may vary from person to person. But for me I believe that Jesus Christ revealing to us the chance of having citizenship in the Kingdom of God to be one of the most important aspect of my Faith, followed by the importance of God's grace.
I agree with Ron's answer; however, I would like to add that it is also significantly important to realize that God in the flesh, that would be (in my eyes) Jesus Christ, provided us with the Sacraments to help us...
The three-fold nature of God:
the love of the Father (so I can tell Him I love Him and share that love),
the saving power of Jesus (so I can be forgiven, cleansed and have eternal life and share that knowledge with others),
and the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit (so that I may follow the right path, be breathed into by the Holy Spirit and share that inspiration with others).
How I fall far short of what is so important to me! And yet, He continues to love, save and guide me. Praise God!
So many things. But paramount is the fact that I am forgiven through Jesus Christ. That is something that amazes me and for which I am utterly grateful.
Love, my Brother, LOVE. Love is the very pulse of being, the great yearning of the one for the One, and the very thing that sends men of God into this world:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The Bible, John 3:16. King James Version. Cambridge edition.
He who loves never grows old; indeed our Lord himself is a shining example. The joy welling up inside the heart of a lover commands him to ‘feed my sheep,’ (John 21:17), and to ‘Keep my commandments.’ (John 14:15)
Some of the most beautiful passages in the bible and predominantly in the gospels are based on love or sacrifice, which is another name for love. The parable of the Good Samaritan, (Luke 10: 25-37), the sacrifice on the cross, even to the point where the force of loving forgiveness prompted the Christ to say:
“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”(Luke 23:34), and numerous other examples:
‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ (John 15:13)
Of course when love fills our pores, we cannot but feel an intense aspiration to offer up ourselves for the service of humanity like Jesus did, to uplift, to inspire, to turn god ward; to inspire equanimity or inner peace. Most importantly, to build within a Kingdom of Heaven.
“God is love,’ says the apostle John, ‘and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God.” 1John, 4:16.
This entire chapter from John is extremely beautiful, and I would encourage God-lovers everywhere to read it. Consider this loving entreaty also:
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.” (John 4:7)
So my brother this is my answer. Your choice is in a sense equal for it seems that you chose the Goal Itself, that of the Kingdom. Still, I cannot but identify with the Highest prayer 'Let Thy Will be done,' and I feel it's the love experienced within this inner Kingdom that pushes us in his direction.
manatita44- I really like your answer. If it were not for love as you described, we all would not be here in the first place. Thank you so much.
To true, Brother,
I see lots of beautiful answers here, but you know in seminars and workshops they tend to have headings which cover everything else. Love is like this. Love is all in all.
Thank you for giving me best answer. I am really a servant. I strive to be an instrument of His Will; to inspire others. I am always happy to serve, for I know that in so doing lies my own inner growth. Let us pray for one another. Loving thoughts.
The way I communicate with GOD...my praying...is most important. I wasn't always close to God, and when I did begin to let Him into my life, I didn't know how to pray-believe it or not! I had to learn that I don't ask for money, or a job, or for a man to fall in love with me. I ask Him now for an open mind, clarity, and peace. I ask him to help me to recognize the signs He gives me, to be aware enough to see when the opprtunity to help someone or to do good in this world, is presented to me. I pray for others because when others are happy, it makes my world a happier place. And last, but not least, I ask for his forgiveness for my shortcomings and failures and for when I didn't believe in Him.
Cas Merchant- Prayer is one of the important aspects of christian life. Learning how to pray is just as important as the prayer itself. Without prayer a relationship with God would be most difficult. Thanks for your answer
Too true, my Brother Graceinus. Prayer is not only important but essential. We cannot emphasise it more.
Re: The Above:
Jesus made it very clear when he spoke to his disciples and the crowds. He said, that those who refused to believe had already condemned. Which means, that for those who don't believe; they don't recognize that there is a God. And when they sinned, their sins stay, because they did not ask for forgiveness of their sins. And if their sins remain, they can't enter the kingdom of God. In this case, I'm very proud and happy to be a believer and my faith makes me a member of the family of God. The only task left for me to do, is always to be ready; as no one knows the time or the hour when his time is up. Thank you!
Keep believing in the Lord is a constant goal of mine, as I try to walk like Jesus Christ on the path that He has laid out before me.
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