31 And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message. — Acts 15:31 NLT
“There was great joy” when the people were told that they had done the one necessary thing they needed to do to be saved. When we are first saved in today’s society, we need to be very careful who we listen to. As Paul said, “if anyone, including an angel from heaven and/or me, comes to you and gives you some different message, that person should be cursed.” Gal. 1:6 (my paraphrase}. The letter did go on to give the new converts some guidelines as to what they should or should not do. The letter did not claim that these guidelines had to be followed to complete their salvation. It is still the same today, when we personally witness to someone who accepts Jesus as their Savior, we need to take a few minutes and give them some encouragement and guidelines as well. We need to explain to them that satan will waste no time in trying to discourage them and make them doubt their salvation. We need to encourage them to find a good Bible teaching church and a good mentor to help them along the way. After the initial acceptance of Jesus as our Savior, we need someone to help us understand that the Holy Spirit will come alongside us and help us learn to “walk in paths of righteousness”.