In a world of many religions, and in which Christianity, is made up of many churches of different denominations.
It is normal to ask what is the true religion?
Does the Bible say anything about it?
I’d like to address that question in this post.
To be honest, many people have not yet understood, nor do we come close to understanding, what the message of the gospel of Jesus in its purest essence really is.
It seems that many of us unconsciously think that living our religion is limited to a series of rules and norms that must be met in order to be accepted by God and thus save us from eternal damnation.
We know that we are saved by grace and not just by works.
However, it seems that even so, perhaps we focus on the wrong works.
Probably because we focus more on what we “shouldn’t do” rather than focus on what we should “do.”
To answer the initial question about true religion according to the Bible, I would like us to review this Bible text:
and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
| 1 Tesalonicenses 3:12-13
The truth that scripture reveals is that, in essence, true religion is summed up in one word: love.
We were created out of love, just like all things that exist.
God sent his son to die out of love, out of love He agreed to die unjustly instead of all of us, even for the worst of the murderers.
Out of love, his gospel message was passionately preached in much of the known world.
Out of love, Christian martyrs have suffered persecution and torture for centuries; and yet they continue to preach and testify.
But wait a moment, what happened to love in the Western world of today?
My answer is that it was possibly drowned out by selfishness.
Scripture prophesies that “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” but beware, this is no excuse for us.
On the contrary, having that awareness of what is happening to us, it is our duty to God, to ask for strength and power to be awakened.
It’s time to ask ourselves if the religion we live in, we live it for more than just self-love.
How different our actions would be if we understood and lived the truth that love is the essence of the gospel.
The essence of true religion.
God’s word reveals that God Himself is love and that we love Him because He loved us first, and that in that same love we must love one another.
Everything we are, all that we have, everything we do, everything we know, everything we long for would be a result of loving God and our neighbor.
The clearest evidence of spiritual growth is love, as we just read at the beginning in the Bible text.
Love, that spiritual gift, without which anything we do is meaningless.
The greatest of spiritual gifts, the spiritual gift that will remain when heaven and earth pass, and the most precious gift of all.
How much we have grown spiritually is revealed in how much we love our brothers and sisters.
Scripture says that “he who does not love has not known God” and that love means “to be willing to give our lives for our brothers and sisters.”
This is not about the romantic and sentimental idea of Romeo and Juliet style love, with which we have become very confused in our lives.
It is a decision of surrender and solidarity in order to save souls.
True religion is a genuine concern for the well-being and salvation of others, to the point of being willing to sacrifice my comfort for them.
Let us ask the Lord to give us more of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us inwardly and make us people of love and dedication.
May he sanctify us and set aside the selfishness that has corrupted our hearts, so that we may be true ambassadors of his grace to the nations on this earth.
Are you looking for true religion? What is the circumstance you are going through? Let us know in the comments.