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To: HostileTerritory
The difference is ...once you have a relationship with the risen Lord Jesus
and you stumble the Holy Spirit brings conviction and repentance

Without that relationship and no Holy Spirit conviction repentance-
you are able to "rationalize" your sin away...even defend it....
and remain lost to damnation...

Its humbling to fall...and know your true condition before God

only then can one even begin to understand..

the meaning of His mercy and his grace..

unmerited forgiveness mercy and salvation- God resists the proud...
11 posted on 08/07/2003 4:22:28 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
I think humility is a cornerstone characteristic of an authentic Christian. Only when we've seen how truly awful we are, can we fully realize our desparate need for God's forgiveness. Only God can truly change people.
21 posted on 08/07/2003 6:47:36 PM PDT by Sweet Hour of Prayer
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