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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What does the Lord require of you?

The Bible tells us that we are required to fear the Lord and to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve Him with all our heart and all our soul and to keep His commandments.

It tells us we should delight in the law of the Lord and meditate on it day and night. (Psalm 1:2) To do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8) To put on compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. (Col.3:12) To forgive others as God has forgiven us. (Eph.4: 32) To go to church and to encourage each other. (Hebrews 10:24-25) To speak encouragingly, not with bitterness, wrath, anger or slander. (Eph.4: 29,31)

Some people may say, “Hey, wait a minute! I thought all I had to do was accept Jesus and I had it made!?”

Well, if you’ve accepted Jesus, you DO have it made, but you also have a responsibility. That responsibility is to become more like Christ. And to do this you have to examine your heart. Ask yourself if your heart changed when Christ came into it. Ask yourself if you are doing things out of unmerited love or for selfish reasons. Jesus said people would know His disciples by the love they show. We are saved to praise the glory of God’s grace. We need to ask ourselves if we are doing that. Often!

Our faith is displayed in our actions and what we do daily has the ability to glorify God. The easiest way to check ourselves I think is to use the popular saying, “What would Jesus do? Would Jesus do this out of love? Or for some selfish reason? Would He DO anything at all?” I think we would always find that He would always be a doer of the Word and He would do everything out of love. We are required to do no less.

Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor.10:5

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