“We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son.”

Dictionary definition of glory: something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride. Jesus is truly a source of honor; honor not found in ourselves but Jesus being in and through us. Whatever recognition we may receive being rightfully ascribed to the Lord. If we are admired, hopefully that admiration comes from our living and loving as Jesus does; never being ashamed of our Lord, but wearing the name of Christ proudly.

As we go about living in this modern world that would spurn the name of Jesus and call His followers fanatics it is important that we love and live as Jesus did. It is by our love that they will know we are Christians. When love, unconditional love, is lived out it is very difficult for others to look or think negatively toward us. In fact, unconditional love is so attractive they will often be drawn to us, and through us to Christ.

It was unconditional love expressed through a young Christian couple that brought me out of open rebellion toward God, leading me to salvation through submission to the author of love – Jesus Christ. This changed my life in ways that can only come from an omnipotent God. I now have peace. I no longer fear death because I know that when this mortal shell dies I will simply go on living in the presence of the Lord having gained an incorruptible body and a home in heaven.

So, why am I not ashamed to be called a Christian? First, because He is not ashamed to call me His son. He has given me an abundant life, keeping me safe through all the storms of life, protecting and providing, causing all things to work for my good. Even in times of despair He is there, leading down a path that ends in greater blessings than I had imagined. I can say with all honesty that I have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son!

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