Archive for July, 2005

July 29, 2005: 1:31 am: Daily Scripture

9 Don’t just pretend that you love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Stand on the side of the good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy in your work, but serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. 13 When God’s children are in need, be the one to help them out. And get into the habit of inviting guests home for dinner or, if they need lodging, for the night. 14 If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A person who wants peace cannot be argumentative and contentious. If you are asking for peace in your life, you may need to look at what peace you are giving. In other words, it is difficult to get what you are not willing to give. Peaceful relationships and peace with God begin with what you are doing in your life. It is difficult to think that we are just passive receivers of peace, when the truth is far from it. We must live and act peacefully to have peace in our lives. This is not to be confused from the peace that comes from knowing you are in right standing with the God of this universe through salvation in Christ. The peace that comes from day to day living your faith is the peace Paul is talking about in Romans. One can have peace with God, but be at turmoil with those around them. God wants us to live in peace in all aspects of our lives. But it is not a passive receiving, it is an active giving that maintains peace in our lives. The Bible is very clear about what to do and how to do it. Do what God is instructing in these verses and you will not only have peace with God, you will have peace with all those around you. Decide what you want and then give it. Don’t just expect to receive what you are not willing to give. Faith in Christ is an active faith and requires that we act the love so freely given to us to all those we come in contact with.

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July 28, 2005: 10:30 pm: Daily Scripture

20 But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness-righteous, holy, and true. 25 So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

A major aspect of holiness is living a life separated from the world. Jesus taught us to be in the world but not of the world. What used to be good is now bad and what used to bad is now good according to the world’s standards. But the Word of God does not changed; sin is still sin, no matter what you call it or how you look at it. And it is God’s standards that we use to measure. He laid out the plan before the beginning of time and it has not changed. We need to shed the “old man” and stand in readiness for spiritual combat. We need to recognize that we have demonic enemies that are out to separate us from God or at least make us useless Christians. If we are too weak in our faith and relationship with God, we will not be an effective witness to those around us. Reject any evil attitudes and let God work His divine nature through you.

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