2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
The above Bible passage encapsulates the whole essence of the Gospel and the heartbeat of the Christian life. Paul used it as his final reminder to the church in Corinth. It is so simple. You can almost read over it at first.
As I read it this morning, I was overcome by the deepness of the Christian life and the power in the message. The three elements are grace through Jesus work on our behalf, receiving the love of God and walking in communion with the Holy Spirit. Grace is receiving something you don’t deserve. And in this case, grace includes cleansing past sins, purification in the present, everlasting life, and God’s power to live a holy life. God never asks us to do something that He is not willing to help us live out. God knows that we need His help. And He is prepared to give it.
Secondly, we must receive God’s love to grasp the real intention of the Gospel. God does not love us because we are cute and adorable creatures. No, God loves us because He is love.
God loves even the worst of the worst. Many people chase around all their lives looking for love. But they never find pure love. They have a hard time really believing that God loves them. Love has become almost a dirty word to them. As a result, they miss out on the love that would have made them secure. God’s love makes us OK with ourselves and removes our insecurities.
Thirdly, communion with the Holy Spirit is a must if we are to live the life that God intended. God designed us to be spiritual men and women. The spirit is that part of a person that connects with God. It is hidden deep within a Christian. It is the still small voice that will guide us to make right choices or perceive hidden dangers.
The reason that Jesus was able to do great miracles and always seem to know what to do was because He was full of the Spirit. The same Holy Spirit is available today to any followers of Jesus. It guides in truth and righteousness. It gives power for the mutual edification of God’s people and the service of His kingdom. Today, very few people walk in communion with the Spirit. Instead, we tend to experience the Spirit on retreats or rare occassions. Really spiritual people may encounter the Spirit throughout the day. Very few stay in constant awareness of the Spirit, even though it is always there. The Spirit is always available to those who will listen, submit and let God’s power flow.
Oh, God, may my life consist of the three elements in this verse. May I be full of grace, living in your love and walking in communion with the Spirit. Help me to be holy as You are holy. May I be free from any insecurities because I am loved by You. Your love is perfect, absolutely flawless. May I be a spiritual man with my soul and flesh brought under subjection to my spirit. And may my spirit be guided by the Holy Spirit. Amen!