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What Is Our Frame Of Mind

There are moments in life when I am in need of someone I both trust and in whom I recognize certain characteristics. For instance, if I’m driving down the road and my car breaks down, and someone offers me a ride, I won’t just hop into any car. I’ll look for someone who radiates a caring attitude and willingness to assist, a person who has the right frame of mind.

What is the frame of mind when we decide to genuinely ask God for help? In a poignant story recorded in the Gospels, Jesus was teaching in a house in his home community of Capernaum. As he was teaching, a paralyzed man was lowered by his four friends through the roof. The man’s friends dug a hole through the roof because they were determined to bring him to Jesus amidst the crowded gathering. These friends demonstrated unwavering faith in Christ’s healing power, believing that he could restore their paralyzed companion. Recognizing the intensity of their faith, Jesus declared to the paralyzed man that his sins were forgiven. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5/NIV) The man gained salvation and was also physically healed because of their frame of mind,

This scripture prompts us to reflect on our own spiritual journey and relationship with Jesus. What is our frame of mind? Who is Jesus to us? Do we seek Jesus solely for aid with temporary physical needs? Or, do we seek forgiveness of our sins through the saving grace of Jesus? John 3:16-17 reaffirms God’s boundless love and the redemptive mission of Jesus—not to condemn but to save humanity: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17/NIV)

However, like the religious leaders of Jesus’s time, we may sometimes approach faith with skepticism or even by being judgmental. Mark 2:6-7 illustrates how some questioned Jesus’s authority to forgive sins. They failed to understand Jesus was the Son of God, and they failed to hear his profound message of salvation. 6 “Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, 7 ‘Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’” (Mark 2:6-7/NIV)

So, what is our frame of mind when we turn to God with our questions or needs? If you are interested in exploring this at a deeper level, I warmly invite you to join one of Groveland’s Christian churches on any given Sunday. At Groveland Evangelical Free Church, we worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am and would love to have you join us. Together, let’s journey in faith, seeking a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace.

In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Bob Kandels

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