The Response

We have to respond to things that life brings our way on a daily basis.

We respond to questions, problems, injustices, and the way others behave.

Some would simply say this is our reaction, but reactions don’t always include response. I can hear something that stirs me without responding.

Yet, response is part of life. And what makes us respond?

Response comes when we make a decision for or against something. If we something we decide is an injustice, we may respond by seeking justice for the incident.

The thing that makes response so touchy, is we cannot gauge the reaction another person has to our response. We cannot make them understand our heart. We cannot always make them hear and understand our point of view or where we are coming from. We just can’t.

Because of this many refuse to respond. They avoid responding. We say things like, “I don’t like confrontation.” I get it. I’m with you. Sometimes our response requires a confrontation which can be misunderstood, misconstrued, or flat out rejected.

In life we will never get away from having to make decisions and respond to situations.

However, there is one response we cannot afford to get incorrect. One response we cannot ignore or choose to set aside.

See, God has given us some truth to consider. He has set some standards and asked us to respond. He has told us we are guilty and given us a way to pay off our debt and be set free. But how will we respond to this message?

Here is what He tells us:

Romans 3:21-26 ~ We have all sinned and fall short of God’s standard, yet, the righteousness of God has been manifested in Christ through faith in Him.

Romans 5:6-8 ~ While we were still sinners, still doing wrong,  Christ died for us. God demonstrated His love towards us, even in our sin, that while we were still sinners Christ died in our place, paying our sin debt.

Romans 6:23 ~ The sin we commit requires death, but God offers a free gift of eternal life in Christ.

Romans 10:9-10 ~ If we confess (speak it) with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.

1 John 4:9-10 ~ This is how God demonstrated His love for us. He sent His only son to die for us so we might live through His sacrifice.

We cannot leave this message without a response. What will you choose? Jesus Christ as Savior, or continue to make your own path?

If you are confused or have questions, contact me. Let’s talk about it. This is an important response. It’s not one to take lightly.

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