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6-22-2017 Must We Hate Our Family

Jesus said: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:26 NKJV). “Hate” father and mother? Surely Jesus did not mean we must “detest” our parents! He said: “God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death’” (Matthew 15:4 NKJV). We cannot “detest” and “honor” them at the same time. “Hate” may sometimes be used to mean “love less,” that is by comparison. “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:37 NKJV). To follow Jesus, we must love our family less than Jesus.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#hate, #love

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6-16-2017 Missing Fathers Days

“Father’s Day” began with memorial service held in 1908 for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in December 1907. According to the website timeanddate.com, “Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life.” “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Hebrews 12:9 NKJV). One of the major problems in our society are all the children who don’t know their “human father” and have not learned to respect someone who loves them and cares about their behavior. Respect and obedience are learned from a father—unless he’s not there!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#fathers-day, #love

Two masters: Luke 16.13 VOTD

“No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Luke 16.13

Loving God will cause a disciple to be faithful in the use of money, vv. 10-12. But those who love money will scoff at Jesus’ words and justify themselves, vv. 14-15.

How do people try to serve two masters at once?

#love #money #service #VOTD

Love rejoices: 1 Corinthians 13.6 VOTD

“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth.”

1 Corinthians 13.6 CSB

Paul’s chapter on love centers the discussion of the need for each member of the body (chapter 12) and the use of gifts for edification (chapter 14).

How does rejoicing in the truth manifest itself?

#love #truth #joy #VOTD

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5-3-2017 Unconditional Love

Moses told Israelites: “the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face” (Deuteronomy 7:9-10 NKJV). God’s love to man is conditional because He requires faithful obedience in return. It is false to claim that God loves you, but expects little or nothing in return! Unconditional love coming from “Mama and Me” is popular in song, but God cannot truthfully be added to that list! We must “consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#mama-and-me, #love, #unconditional

Only true state of brotherhood

On this day in 1888 Princess Isabel freed all slaves in Brazil. The process occurred in relative peace—at least, there was no war over it. In 1961 Catholics began commemoration of it as the Day of Brazilian Fraternity (or Brotherhood).

Whenever the world speaks of #brotherhood, we cannot but remember that the only true state of equality and fraternal treatment is in Christ. In the family of God there is #love and acceptance and #forgiveness.

Brotherly affection and unselfish love are a part of the Christian’s faith, 2 Pet 1.5-8.

Let us make our congregations into true families of faith, where God rules as Father, where Christ provides the proper example as older brother, and where every saint is a precious spiritual sibling whose soul is valued and whose presence brings joy in our midst.

VOTD: Galatians 5.22-23 ‘Fruit of the Spirit’

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. ”

Galatians 5.22-23

The “but” makes a contrast with what other list?

How do we let the Spirit produce this fruit?

#HolySpirit #VOTD #love