A: No, it doesn’t mean this at all. God has given our emotions to us, and we should be grateful for them, but they aren’t the test or standard of our faith. Our faith is in Christ, not in our emotions.
It’s true that some people experience deep emotional feelings when they come to Christ. They know their sins are forgiven, and they know, too, that God’s love now surrounds them, and this gives them great joy. But not everyone reacts this way. The night I came to Christ as a teenager, I didn’t feel any particularly strong emotions, but I knew something had happened to me, and from that moment on I knew I belonged to Christ.
Is your faith and trust in Christ for your salvation? Do you know that He died for you, and have you given your life to Him? Don’t let your emotions (or your lack of them) falsely accuse you. Instead, be sure your faith and hope are in Christ and what He did for you through His death and resurrection.
Learn to trust God’s promises, not your emotions. Emotions can fade, and Satan will try to convince us that we must not belong to Christ after all. But take your stand on the truth of God’s Word, the Bible, for God cannot lie. The Bible says, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life” (1 John 5:11-12).
Q: I’ve led a fairly rough life — alcohol, drugs, jail, broken marriages, you name it. But two months ago I gave my life to Jesus, and it’s made all the difference. The problem is, no one believes me when I tell them I’m different now. How can I convince them? — Z.J.
A: Thank you for your testimony; I’m very thankful for what Christ has already done for you. God is still in the business of changing lives — and your letter is a powerful witness to that truth. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Elsewhere in your letter, you talk about the man who led you to Christ, and you mention that the thing that impressed you most about him was his life, and especially his love for others. And that’s probably how your family and friends will come to see that what’s happened to you is real. In other words, they may doubt what you say, but they can’t argue with a changed life. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
However, let me add a word of warning to you as a new believer. Right now, God has given you victory over your past, and Satan (so to speak) is on the run. But Satan never gives up on us, and he’ll do everything he can to trip up new believers. And when that happens, others mock and say Christ isn’t real.
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