On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Maryanna’s dear grandmother went to her heavenly home. There are many who knew her longer and who are happy for her, but are sad for ourselves for the delay that we will have before seeing her again. We are comforted by the words of scripture.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
I personally would like to consider how she lived her life. She bore both the beauty and marks of Christ. In her life she honored the one who gave himself for her.
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Those who knew Grandma Cole knew that she sought to have the mind and spirit of Christ.
1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [a]6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, [b] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death on a cross. Philippians 2:2-8
Life will eventually get tough for us all, and when the pressure and difficulty of life squeeze us, and weigh heavy against us can we see truly what is on the inside. If you squeeze a grape, grape juice will come out, but what about the believer. Has the beauty and marks of fruit of Christ pour out of us during crisis?
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
We must take care to guard our hearts and minds in Christ, so when the challenges of life do come that the fruits of the spirit are evident in our lives.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
What impressions do we leave as life presses in upon us? I pray it is the beauty and marks of Christ. I am thankful to have seen a wonderful example of that lived out in Grandma Cole.
Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27b