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When I say “I am a Christian”

This poem was read to me by my father in law early on in my journey with God and it really spoke to me. Having been an “outsider” myself I know that Christians can come across as “perfect peters” with a “holier than thou” attitude and sometimes this may be accurate, however, having now met many Christian people I can safely say the majority would relate to this poem. Rather than being self-righteous, they are humble, knowing themselves to be weak, they seek God for strength. Those with an attitude opposed to this commit sin just as those to whom they look down upon. Sometimes I still fear I do not belong or that I am not good enough to be part of the church, but I must recognise this as sinful behaviour as it not only hampers my walk with God but worse … I deny God’s love for me and thus I deny the very word of God, John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Jesus did not just die for his friends, he died for those who despised him, for the very people that put him to death. God is love, love is not just a characteristic of God but part of His very being, God cannot not be love.

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