We have a covenant with God.
We know that we are loved beyond measure, but a covenant implies that we owe something in return. We will live our best lives as Jesus taught us and display good moral character. We will praise Him, and we will treat our neighbours as full partners in our covenant.
But saying so does not make it easy.
We will face challenges, because other people do not always follow the good news of the gospel. They may insist on their own opinions and push us around. They may prevail for a time, but people who trust in God will be fortunate forever. When we stand up for what we believe in, we may be uncomfortable and maybe even need to take a risk.
Nothing that is good or honorable can be done without faith in God, and the strength and courage that our faith will give us. When we lead a righteous life, we can be confident that God will greet us in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Reverend Deacon Nancy McBride, St. Paul’s Caledonia.