When we give our lives to Christ, we begin following Jesus and as we do, our lives should be different. We will be different from others in the world. But what does that mean? How does that look?
As the apostle Paul closes II Corinthians, he leaves them with words of encouragement. He says, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” ( II Cor. 13:14).
Think about those words…
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ…” Paul is referring to how we interact with people. We are living in a time when people seem to be at one another’s throats. We are divided. Paul said Christians should live with grace. We shouldn’t judge others or demean others… our lives should be marked by grace. We should be forgiving. Is there someone that you don’t get along with? Sit down with that person and let the grace of Jesus help you forgive and resolve conflict.
“The love of God…”. God is a God of love. Yes, God at times displays His wrath but God is known for love. Because we serve a God of love our lives should be marked by love.
“The fellowship of the Holy Spirit”… I believe Paul is referring to enjoying the presence of the Spirit in our lives. When we give our lives to Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into our lives and lives within us. The Spirit convicts us of sin and begins to produce love, joy, peace, patience, etc… in our lives.
So, as we live for Christ, we should live with the grace of Jesus, experience the love of God and enjoy the fellowship of the Spirit.
Mother Teresa once said, “People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.”