I must confess, there are times when I just don't understand the fullness & complexity of God's amazing grace - - and never more than when it comes to the reality of being kept in Him, and by Him.
There's so much talk today about how the Church is failing, or dead & dying. I wonder how that fits with the fact of God's promises to the Body of Christ? I must also wonder if it's not an indictment of God's Holy Spirit, Who actually guides, guards and leads the Church?
Oh ... I readily recognize that shepherds & sheep can & do fall, or fail. I recognize how goats move in much too close to unwary lambs; or weeds seek to choke out blooms.
I also readily realize & rejoice in knowing that God's Kingdom WILL come on earth as it is in Heaven ... anyway.
It's good that we mortals aren't in charge!
To those who have been called,
who are loved in God the Father and
kept for Jesus Christ: Mercy, peace
and love be yours in abundance.
~ Jude 1-2
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling
and to present you before his glorious presence
without fault and with great joy
~ to the only God our Savior be glory,
majesty, power and authority,
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
before all ages, now and forevermore!
~ Jude 24-25
P.S. We are still enjoying the Hawaiian Isle of Maui, having seen our daughter married last evening. More on that another day ... Aloha!