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  • The Christian Faith: Indicatives vs. Imperatives

    Hello friends!

    So here’s the latest tea that I just got to share because it is a positive, reassuring, and uplifting message of Truth that I just can’t help but share on here! Isn’t that how it is with good news?! It’s just too good to keep to yourself! So read on if you wish:

    In this world, there are certain requirements with standards and expectations that we are told to meet in order to impress.

    Often, how things work is that being the best is what gets the achievements or certain titles in return. This is the message the world has circulating and in focus — be good enough to achieve success, right?

    Many aspects of the Christian religion are filled with Truths that are contradictory to the world’s standards:

    Jesus came to save but entered the world in the most humble way, He spreads messages like the first shall be last, love your enemies, admit of your weakness then you will be strong, etc.

    And this Truth I want to share is no exception.

    Contradictory to what the world tells us: in the Christian religion and because of Jesus, the indicatives come before the imperatives.

    Okay, big words?! I know. Let me break it down.

    An indicative statement is something that is true like “I made an A”.

    An imperative statement is an action and something that is to be done. An example is “I study everyday”.

    Okay, now for most things in the world, the imperative statements (ex: I study everyday) come before the indicatives. So, because we study lots, then we make the A.

    Well, here’s the Good News of the Gospel, and the reason Christianity continues to leave me starstruck:

    Jesus came to Earth, and He made our indicative statements that we are worthy and loved and His and clean of sin TRUE, prior to any imperatives or acts we do. 

    In John 12:47, Jesus says, “I do not judge anyone who hears my words and does not keep them, for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47, NRSV). 

    God came to save the whole world. He didn’t come to judge what we did, and then decide whether or not He would save. He was literally born for the purpose of saving all of humanity. And HE DID. It is done. “It is finished”.

    This is an indicative, true statement: The Lord saved you.

    Nothing you do– No imperative act will ever change this indicative statement about you!


    Our indicatives come before the imperatives.

    And it is because of that fact– because the Lord saved you and me, washed us clean from our sins, and loves us more than anything in the world, the imperatives should follow. Experiencing the magnitude of His love and accepting it changes you in a way nothing else can. Then, the indicatives spur the imperatives.

    But regardless, the indicatives remain true. 

    We will make mistakes because we are not perfect humans, but He still chooses to save and love us through that.

    That is what makes Him a Savior.

    Say YES to Jesus — because He is waiting, wanting, and reaching out to SAVE you!

    He wants to so badly, we just have to say YES.


    Gosh, thank you Jesus — even though that is NEVER enough!

    I am so thankful to serve such a God, and I hope you always feel as loved and as saved as you are.

    Go and share this Good News daily, because you are as saved right now as you ever will be!

    Love always,

    Katie Girl


    Katie Garrett. Nashville Native. Cardiac Nurse. Belmont University Alum. Enneagram 2w3. Reader. Writer. Starbucks Lover. Jesus makes my heart happy. Daughter. Sister. Sister in Law. Cousin. Niece. Forever indebted to Jesus Christ.

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