“Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you and your household will be saved.'” If someone were to ask you what you thought marks the life of a Christian, what do you think you would say? No doubt, some would say that they are nice, friendly, and generous with their time and possessions. Others might also chime in and say that the mark of a Christian is a thirst for God’s Word. Even though answers like these are correct, there is one hallmark that is often forgotten. It is the hallmark of love. Christians should love each other. That means that at every opportunity we approach, especially in the face of evil and hatred, if we truly want to look like a Christian, then we must act like one and forgive and love as often as humanly possible.
“And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation.” This is why the promise on the part of Jesus for the Holy Spirit, called the Advocate in these passages, is of the most remarkable and utmost importance. You see, without the help of the Holy Spirit, we couldn’t possibly know what it means to forgive and move on with our lives. We would not know what it means to trust and place all of our lives, especially its worries and difficulties, at the foot of the cross and know that we are never alone.
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“You are never left alone when you are alone with God.” Woodrow Kroll