Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

Asuntos del Corazon (Matters Of The Heart)

By: Erlinda Mejia Olson

A lovely Spanish young lady asked, "Como puedo saber yo que el tipo que corteja mi es realmente un Cristiano? (How can I know if the guy I am dating is really a Christian?). I stammeringly replied, "Yo no habla español con soltura todavia, solo un poco." (I don't speak fluent Spanish, just a little).

I was caught by surprise that someone would asked me a question in the matters of the heart, in Spanish! I told her that as a Christian married woman, I don't place myself in a position that I am well-versed about all the issues of life. The LORD is my one and only supreme source of all wisdom and knowledge (James 1:5). I pointed out to her that it was very wise of  her to have asked such a question. Wise enough to want to get involve with someone who really does know the LORD personally. Sharing a strong faith is a major factor in having a healthy relationship. The Bible says, "...Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers..." ( 2 Corinthians 6:14).

The best way to see what's inside a person is by their fruits (Matthew 7:16a). A great apple tree will give you tasty apples. But you won't find any apples on lifeless branches. Same thing as you won't expect "...men to gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles." (Matthew 7:16b). If you apply that to Christians, a person who really lives for God will be producing actions, words, and choices that show it. Another piece of useful advice is to ask the LORD to show you who is right for you, and not to tell the LORD who is right for you. Pray without ceasing. Patiently waits in the LORD. He will answer!
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)
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