In (the Gospel) story, there is only one ‘victorious Christian life.’ There is only one ‘sold-out Christian,’ only one ‘totally surrendered, completely consecrated’ servant of the Lord.’ (It’s Jesus).’
Terrible. Unforgiving. That’s how I saw God. Punishing us in this life and committing us to purgatory after death. Sentencing sinners to burn in hell for all eternity. But I was wrong. Those who see God as angry do not see Him rightly. But look upon a curtain as if a dark storm cloud is being drawn across his face. If we truly believe that Christ is our Savior, then we have a God of love. And to see God in faith is to look upon His friendly heart. So when the devil throws your sins in your face, and declares that you deserve death and hell tell him this, ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it?’ For I know one who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ Son of God. Where He is there I should be also.
True faith takes its character and quality from its object and not from itself. Faith gets a man out of himself and into Christ. Its strength therefore depends on the character of Christ. Even those of us who have weak faith have the same strong Christ as others!