[Shepherding the sheep with One heart] Those who are strong in the grace of the Lord
Those who are strong in the grace of the Lord constantly share the grace that they have received. The one who shares the grace of Jesus to the end of the world as a strong soldier of Christ is the one who is strong in the grace of the Lord. There’s a saying, “Attack is the best form of defense.” The best defense in the life of faith is to preach the gospel. Preaching the gospel is the best form of both defense and attack.
Those who are strong in grace give grace to their neighbors freely. The Lord gave his life as a ransom for us. The disciples gave their whole lives by preaching about the grace of redemption from Jesus Christ. We also have to preach about the grace given by the Lord to our neighbors.
Then, do we have Jesus’ grace in our minds? If we have grace in our minds, this grace will work strongly in us. Not by theory or ideology, but this grace will be seen in reality, actuality and experience, and will be full in us every day. This grace will be abundant in others as we reach them continuously.
The Jews cursed Jesus when he died on the Cross after being flogged. But Jesus healed those who struck him, lifted the curse from those who cursed him, and saved the people who crucified him when they believed in him. This limitless grace of the Lord was preached testified by those who received by the Holy Spirit and it has been passed down to this day more than 2,000 years later.
Anybody can notice right away a good soldier of Christ. He is very strong in the grace of the Lord by showing clearly that he has received grace by the atoning blood of Jesus. We also have to do our duty as messengers of Jesus’ blood by being good soldiers and preaching the grace received from the Lord to our neighbors while living in this world.
Pastor Seok-Jeon Yoon
Extracted from Yonsei Newspaper #619