I'm grateful that my salvation is not predicated on perfect behavior because I would fall far short of the holiness standards of God. My freedom as a Christian is not to do anything I please and expect forgiveness, but rather to live each day with an honest effort to please Christ, and to know assuredly that my failures will be forgiven. Thanks be to God for rescuing me because of his great love for me when I could not rescue myself.
In the coming days there will likely be much talk about Islam and Muslims. The acts of September 11, 2001 brought the Islamic faith to the forefront for many people and as we approach the 10 year anniversary of the Trade Center tragedies, Christians will have the opportunity to reflect on their own faith and the great salvation freely given to them through Christ. May we all thank God for his gift, and we may strive, albeit imperfectly, to live the life Christ calls us to life, a life marked with love, kindness, generosity, and forgiveness....even to our Muslim neighbors and colleagues.