This is what God gave me today in His word:
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5)
We’re able to see several things here which Christ is connected with: peace, grace, hope, and the ability to rejoice in times of trial. Also, the Holy Spirit, who came as a direct result of Christ’s leaving, gives us peace, love, joy, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (see: Galatians 5:22-23). So, in some way or another, we are able to connect our ability to be good, to be kind, or faithful, or have peace, to Christ. Alright, but, to be frank, so what?
Let me answer that with another (couple) of question(s): how often have we truly returned evil with good? How often have we given to what someone else wants, rather than press our own wants and desires? How often, to put it terms we can probably all relate to, have we passed the TV remote on to someone else? I’d wager not very often. But, why is that?
Because those were moments when we drew a little ways away from Christ, which actually answers the original question: why does Christ’s ability to give us all His attributes matter? Because they affect our day-to-day life. When we draw away from Him, our lives start reflecting more of us, and less of Him. Christ both can and will give us patience, the ability to love, have kindness, not to mention the ability to pass on the remote, and many other things as well. We only have to do two things:
- We must be close to Christ. Think of Christ as a proverbial fountain of perfection. You can’t very well drink out of a fountain when you’re ten feet away from it, now can you?
- We must ask.
Christ, from the moment He comes into our lives, changes them radically. There’s no doubt about that whatsoever. But even after that, Christians still argue, and get angry at one another. So to avoid that happening, Christ gives us peace, but only when we ask for peace. Christ will make circumstances virtually force us to ask Him, He’ll even put the desire for us to ask within us, but won’t, strictly speaking, force us to ask for anything. It’s our job to take the hint.
You are Loved!