It is said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” One way we’re supposed to influence the world toward godliness is by presenting a good, consistent image of Christianity through the way we live our individual lives as Christians. Our consistent, faithful lifestyle can make quite an impression on the lives of some people around us. Our example of faithful, dedicated Christianity can impact their lives for good. Somebody is always watching us, whether we realize it or not. It could be that what they see in us could influence them toward Christ and, ultimately, to salvation.
“God is love” ( 1 Jn. 4:8, 16 ). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” ( Jn. 3:16 ). “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” ( Rom. 5:8 ). Continually, throughout scripture we find statement after statement, and example after example, of God’s love. Is it possible, then, that God could hate?
How many times have we heard the caution, “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” There has always been an atheistic element within our society, firm in their belief that there is no God. Less committed are the skeptics and agnostics, unsure whether God exists but leaning in the direction of the atheists. Of much greater number are those who believe in God but live their lives as though they did not, demonstrating little conscience of sin and no dedication to God. Indeed, their belief in God might be more of a nuisance than a faith. Their best hope for eternity is that the atheists are right. Well, what if that were true? What if there were not God?
God is good! One day, I received an email that included the statement, “God is good, all of the time.” That statement was more significant in that the email gave a report of a family member who had been diagnosed with cancer. The truth is, God is good all of the time! Even when things seem to be going badly for us, God is still good. Even when we pray to God for deliverance from a difficult situation, and His answer is “No” or “Wait awhile,” God is still good.
Gary L. Hutchens