How do we, as Christians, look at others? How does the Lord want us to see those who haven’t found the glorious freedom in Christ? We are focused often on their sin. Love will help us see them as lost. In need of being found. We must reframe how we look out at people. See them through the lens of grace. How do we look at ourselves? When we only focus on our own sin, we lose the vision of who we are supposed to be–Christ’s forgiven people, living in His grace and with His power. Cooperate with God’s work of your transformation. Pastor Doug reminds us how God offers us opportunities to make that happen.
You also became believers in Christ. That happened when you heard the message of truth. It was the good news about how you could be saved. When you believed, he stamped you with an official mark. That official mark is the Holy Spirit that he promised. The Spirit marks us as God’s own. We can now be sure that someday we will receive all that God has promised. That will happen after God sets all his people completely free. All these things will bring praise to his glory.Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIVR)