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The righteous will live by faith

I always hesitate to call myself a Christian. The first followers of Jesus were coming from religious backgrounds and pagan practices. They were later referred to as “the way”, but Jesus himself didn’t give any names to anything. So why should we?

Being a follower of Jesus is about being freed by God’s love, a love that we are blessed with through God’s grace. Paul himself a religious man converted to believer describes the fruit of this spirit perfectly:

love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Galatians 5:22-23

When Jesus came, there was already an ongoing situation with religion and religious people that was not surprising back then – and it isn’t surprising now.

If we come off as stiff, judgmental, hypocritical and legalist, that might still make us Christians, but certainly doesn’t make us Jesus followers. Christian world leaders using their religion to justify violence and discrimination is just one of many red flags rightfully attached to Christianity. 

Our attitude toward others ultimately depends on how much of a ‘fight’ we put up with the worst in ourselves. In other words, the evil that inhabits us is always there, but if we choose to live under God’s grace and not under the law or religion, we will make it – because the righteous will live by faith.

6 replies on “The righteous will live by faith”

Thank you! The other day I was pondering this and I “heard” in my heart, “take the faith of Christ not the myriad faith systems, take the Name of Christ as my Bride not the names of all the labels people put on themselves like Episcopalians, Catholics, Baptists, Calvinists, Lutherans, Paulist, etc., take the Blood of Christ not the blood lines of this world system, and come to Me and be in The Church, My one Body and one Spirit in Christ and Christ in you”

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We must not be afraid to call ourselves Christian for scripture teaches followers of Christ are.I have often said “Faith saves and religion kills” The myriad of labels religion gives people is it any wonder people get mixed up on what to believe. Being a christian is biblical and we see this in the book of Acts when Barnabas was sent to Antioch, and this was the first time the “Disciples were called Christians”. 22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. 23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord. 24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord. 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. (Acts 11:22-26). Be Blessed in Him!
Julia

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