“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35). According to this verse, the proof that you are a disciple or learner of Jesus Christ is the love you have for each other. The love of Christ that we are to share is not only for our brethren but for all people. Love is an action that needs to be shown, we need to show His love to a lost and dying world. John also wrote, “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18). Be His disciple and show the love of Jesus today.
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17:17). The word “sanctify” means “to be set apart.” As children of God, we are set apart from this world unto God by getting into the Word, the Truth. We must spend time in the Word of God; meditating and applying the Word to our lives daily. The more we let the Word get into our hearts, the more we become like Christ. Spend some time in God’s Word today, don’t rush through it and allow God to speak to you. The psalmist wrote, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” (Psalm 119:18). Let God set you apart with His Word.
“And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” (Ephesians 2:16). The cross has become a symbol of memorial for one that has died. However, the cross of Christ is much more than a symbol of his death, it is also a symbol of life and reconciliation. Mankind can now come to God by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross. Once a person places their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior, they are brought into one body; the body of Christ. It is through that relationship with Jesus that one can have eternal life. Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, if not go to my website http://www.T4GM.org and click the link “How To Become A Christian”?
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15). The word “rule” means to judge, decide. In other words, the peace of God makes the decisions of your heart. Nevertheless, we are usually persuaded by the noise of the world which is produced by Satan. Voices that are aggressive, compulsive and in a hurry. Sit back and listen for God speak with that still, but firm voice of His. Let His peace rule in your hearts.
“Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.” (Hosea 6:3). The thought behind this verse is that we are too intensely strive to know the Lord, to continually pursue Him. If we do pursue Him, He will come to us like rain falling from the sky. We are to chase after God, pursue him so that we might know him well. How well do you know God, pursue Him today? If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, go to my website http://www.T4GM.org and click the link “How To Become A Christian.”
“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7). Have you ever thought about hiding in God? This is what David is talking about in this verse. By hiding in God, David knows that he will be protected. God even gives David songs of deliverance, to show him that he will be kept safe. In the New Testament, Paul wrote it this way; “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3). Not only are we hidden in God as Christians, but we are hidden with Christ. So, when the problems arise, remember you are hidden in God, and He will protect you.
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). Paul tells us that we cannot know the things that God has for us using our physical eyes, ears, and even our heart. Only through the Holy Spirit are the very best things of God revealed to us and only to those who love God. We are to walk by faith, not by sight. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you this morning; listen and be obedient.