Does the world know that you are His disciple?

May 21, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13:34-35 (NIV))

Sometimes it seems like all that the world recognizes in people who profess a faith in Jesus is the less than loving way that we treat each other at times!

I am going to use a cliché because it seems to say best what we need to be thinking and doing.

What would Jesus do?

We know without a doubt that Jesus would not let the pettiness that leads to family squabbles become foremost in our minds. Why do we do that if Jesus wouldn’t? We know that Jesus even embraced Judas out of love and he betrayed Him unto death. Why do we treat each other as if they have done worse to us than what Judas did to Jesus? Think about that the next time that someone does something that makes you mad. Chances are that they aren’t even aware that they made you mad.

Think about your family. Has anyone ever made you angry? Do you still love them? Do they still love you? Sadly, sometimes families, since we are a fallen and sinful humanity, will say and do things that will leave a bad taste in your mouth. We all say and do things that we wish we could take back. Families are no different. The members of the Body of Christ are a part of a bigger family. By grace, we have been made children and heirs of God, but in our sinful nature, we will stumble. No one is perfect. We will hurt each other at times. Repentance is a big part of the love that we must show. Forgiveness is also a big part of the love that we must show. We must remember that each of us have been offered grace and what we have been offered, we must also offer.

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
(John 14:12 (NIV))

If Jesus offered grace and showed love to all who would accept, can we do any less? Will we be held accountable for our actions if we don’t? What will the world see in us if we don’t?

Does the world know that you are His disciple?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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No sacrifice for sins is left

January 31, 2014

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
(Hebrews 10:26-27 (NIV))

How many people do you know who claim to be believers in the redemption bought by the Blood of Jesus Christ, yet continue to do whatever they desire to do? They claim that they are not perfect, but they are forgiven.

It is true that they are forgiven. It is also true that we have been commanded to turn from our sin and strive to take up our cross and follow Him. We have not been told that we could do whatever sinful act that we desire and then call upon the name of Jesus as if He were a magic genie who will make it all disappear.

What a minute!

Does God expect us to live a perfect life after we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, after all, there has only been one man who was ever able to live a perfect, sin-free life? How can we, in our frail humanity be able to do what only Jesus, the Son of God, was able to do?

God sees the heart. If it is our desire to follow in His footsteps and to live a sinless life, then our daily errors will be forgiven. If we choose to follow sin on a daily basis without any regard to what Jesus would have us do, then our heart is hardened to what Jesus has taught us and we are not really His. Our names our not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Perhaps we should take that saying a little more seriously then next time we do something and we think to ourselves, “What would Jesus do?”

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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