Know beyond the shadow of a doubt

Wednesday May 20th, 1st John 5: 13 My purpose in writing is simply this: that you who believe in God's Son will know beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. Eternal life with God is not something to hope for, it is not something to work for, it is something we are called to live in. Luther said to sin boldly, but rejoice more boldly still. Knowing salvation is ours frees us for service, not from service. Knowing salvation is ours sends us out into the world to bring that knowledge to others, and if in the process, we act very human and make mistakes upon mistakes, then rejoice more boldly still in God’s salvation, you tried and did your best. Salvation by Grace is not freedom from trying, it is the freedom to get out there and take risks for the sake of the Gospel.  If you fall on your nose in the process, celebrate that you took a risk for the sake of the Gospel and try it again (though you may want to tweak it a bit). So believe beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life and then live life to its fullest and take the risk of living and telling others of that gift from God in all that you think, do and say.  And by all means, enjoy yourself in the process. You are a child of God after all.  


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