One of the most endearing pictures of Christ in the Bible is that of a shepherd to/for His people. The scriptures cast him in three shepherding roles. He is the ‘Good Shepherd’; he is the ‘Great Shepherd’; he is the ‘Chief Shepherd’.
The problem we all face is that even if we intend always to listen to the Holy Spirit and keep the royal law of love for our neighbor, we cannot do it always, because we often think, speak and act – apart from the Spirit’s controlling influence.
Before we criticize someone, we should first check our motives. Then we should ask if Jesus would be as severe in his judgment – or would he remark on the positive thing they are doing?
Our building’s new exterior welcomes everyone, but our own dedication and desire to honor Christ by the way we live will make their entrance here worthwhile.
Having faith in Jesus Christ means that we are depending on him to help us with our problems, guide our decisions, and secure our eternal destiny.
If God does not influence someone’s behavior, motives, desires, and ambitions, an empty life is that person’s “reward.”
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.