One of the easiest sins to commit is to view egregious sinners, who need Christ and are drawing near to hear him, with disdain, rather than with spiritual discernment and grace.
When love for others and devotion to God’s will begin to determine our behavior, we may be sure that we are children of God and siblings of the Lord Jesus.
Why did Jesus consider the Holy Spirit to be one of the supreme gifts God can give to us? Consider eighteen benefits we receive from this incredible Person, the very Spirit of God Himself.
As followers of Christ, we should have a reputation for doing good, helping others out – not so we’ll be noticed, but so the Lord receives honor and becomes more appealing to all who know us.
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good
to one another and to everyone. – 1 Thess 5:15
We know from experience that this imperative is easier to flout than follow. Yet these words, penned by the Apostle Paul, are a command and not just fine advice.
Joy is received as a stewardship, not only – or even mainly – for my benefit, but to bless God’s people.
Our own obedience is tested by suffering, as we retrace the steps of our Savior (1 Peter 2:21), with faith’s certainty that God will hear our cries and record our tears (Psm 56:8).
Does ‘agape’ love demand something higher and nobler from us than ‘philadelphia’ (brotherly love) in our relationships with other believers?
This is one of those verses about which most of us say “Yeah, it’s a beautiful thought” – but we really don’t believe it…
To combat worry, we have a twofold task: first, that we humbly follow the advice of Jesus, and second, that we not burden our fragile emotions and physical health with unnecessary anxieties…