By Douglas M. Williams Sr
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all point tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:1-11).
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:21-22).
“And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin” (1 John 3:5).
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them” (Matthew 7:12).
When we have a question about something, we should think about ‘what would Jesus do?’ We have seen the letter WWJD written on different places.
The above verses show us the perfect example of Jesus; how we are to follow Him; and always practice the golden rule.
Consider the following guidelines when deciding if something is right or wrong:
- The Personal Text: Will doing this make me a better or worse Christian?
- The Social Test: Will doing this influence others to be a better or worse Christian?
- The Practical Test: Will the results of my doing this be desirable?
- The Universal Test: If everyone should do this, would it improve or degrade society?
- The Scriptural Test: Does the Bible endorse it, or is it expressly forbidden by the word of God?
“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
“Prove all things, hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22).
“But as for you, communicate the behavior that goes with sound teaching.”
Among a people known for their bad behavior, Tt 1.12, Titus was instructed to give special attention to the conduct of the converted.
Modern society lacks self-control, thinks only of sex, lives to accumulate possessions. What must be taught to young and old, men and women today?
#votd #Titus #conduct
“For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I have not turned from my God to follow evil.”
2 Samuel 22.22 NLT
David’s victory song celebrates God’s deliverance from Saul and all his enemies. The Lord repaid him for his godly conduct.
One version translates the last phrase, “I’ve done nothing that would separate me from God” (VFL). Have I done anything that would remove me from his presence?
#votd #2Samuel #conduct
“Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.”
Paul speaks “of the taking on of characteristics, virtues, intentions, etc.,” of the Lord (BDAG). It begins at baptism, Gal 3.27, and continues as the saint grows in his status as a follower of Christ.
Conduct and habits change at conversion. What changes did you make from your old life? What habits are you still working to form?
#spiritual-growth #morals #conduct #VOTD
“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”” (1 Peter 1:15-16)
So what does Peter say should be our motivation as Christians to live a holy life?
- Is it so we can justly have a “holier than thou” attitude?
- Is it so we can “throw the first stone” at others?
- Is it so we can thank God in our prayers that we’re not like “other sinners” when it comes to our faults?
- Is it so we can earn our way into Heaven?
- Is it so we can get the “credit we deserve” from others?
The answer to the above questions should be a loud and clear, “NO!”
Our motivation (in the context) for striving to live a holy life is so we can draw closer and closer to God through His grace and the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus. Our motivation (in the context) for striving to live a holy life is so we can more easily leave our old life behind in order to embrace the new life that God has made available through Jesus.
Mark it down – along with the pursuit of peace with others, without holiness no one will see God! At least that’s what Hebrews 12:14 says. But at the same time we need to remember that if it were not for the grace of God we could not attain the righteousness that God’s holiness requires in our life (1 Corinthians 15:10; Romans 3:23-26, 5:17-21). Holiness is a call that we can’t ignore, but at the same time we can’t ignore our mistakes or holiness is exactly what we’d be missing out on. This is the very sobriety mentioned by Peter in 1:13 that diverts our focus off of the earthly things and keeps it on the heavenly things.
God wants us to desire a holy life not for selfish ambitions and worldly gain, but rather for the sake of the heavenly benefits that we receive now and for the ones that await us in Heaven in the presence of God. And it is something that we must do; it is something that we can do by God’s grace. Be holy!
The Apostle Paul tells the Ephesian Christians that their conduct or behavior should always be worthy of the gospel (Eph. 1:27). It is very important that we understand what he meant.
When we were children our parents told us to always be on our best behavior because we were representing our family name and they did want us to bring reproach; how much more we should be concerned with the name “Christian.”
We are representing the Lord Jesus Christ! We are ambassadors for Him. When people see us they should be seeing the Lord. We are admonished to “be conformed to the image of the Son of God” and to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
How are we doing in that capacity? The Lord Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, told us to “let our light so shine that others will see our good works and (glorify our Heaven Father.”. Are we doing that? The hymn writer wrote, “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”
Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20 that “our citizenship is in Heaven…” We now serve Jesus and seek to obey His Word. We seek to learn more about Him every day so we can help others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus and help strengthen the saved. Are you involved in that ministry?
We must always be seeking the things of God. As Paul told the Colossian church in Col. 3:1-3 , we must set our hearts and minds on the “the things that are above…” We must not be conformed to this world.
If we have the right kind of conduct or behavior and seek to be more Christ like, the world will notice. A song we sing says “they will know we are Christians by our love.” That love will be translated into good works for the Master! Let’s be a people zealous for good works. Now that we are “in Christ,” we are privileged to work for the Lord Jesus!
The last congregation that I visited was the Northside congregation here in El Paso. I was impressed with the young man (30+ years) who conducted the adult Bible class on Proverbs chapter 1. He was very knowledgeable of his subject matter and asked the class some penetrating questions that caused us to actually think. It was a refreshing class to say the least.
The most influential person in my life (excluding family) was Bro. Dan Gibson, former preacher for the Montana Street congregation. He (along with his wife Joy) were great examples of what a Christian should be in both thought and conduct. Due to health problems, they had to move closer to their children. We really do miss Bro. Dan and Sister Joy.
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
Thomas Carlyle, Scottish historian and author (1795-1881)
Today appears to be slower than yesterday. Christmas hangover? The new Daily Nudge, just posted for the Fellows, asks what the new year holds. They can take it personally, for the church or for their area — be it city or country. However they want to take it will still make it an interesting discussion.
From hangovers to leftovers … the Christmas leftovers are as good as they were yesterday. Sometimes leftovers are even better, like my wife’s sweet and sour carrots, after the flavors are allowed to blend.
Have been working on 1 Thes. 4:1-12. Some very interesting structural items in that pericope, like the word “walk” appearing, an inclusio no doubt, in verses 1 and 12. But there’s much more. I’m disappointed that most versions don’t translate the walk metaphor literally, I who tend to prefer the thought translation. Often, the versions are inconsistent, translating it as walk in one verse and as “live” or some other such bland idea in the other. Continue reading