Sealed: Ephesians 4.30 VOTD

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Ephesians 4.30

Failure to live according to the gospel truth grieves the Spirit, especially unwholesome talk, for he is the revealer of God’s words. The sins Paul mentions “oppose the very direction of his reconciling, unifying, new-creation work in the believer” NBC21.

We always live in relation to God, whether for his approval or as the cause of grief to him. In what ways, if any, have you caused him to grieve?

#Holy-Spirit #sin #VOTD

Foreheads with a mark

If you watch or listen to the news, the idea that this world’s heart is “only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) starts to ring true. A mass of people gets killed by a single gunman. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people die every day due to a drug overdose. Political leaders seem to be constantly guilty of corruption. What are we to do?

Edmund Burke was quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” The duty of every Christian is to do something about that evil. The apostle Paul by inspiration wrote that we should, “Preach the word; be instant (be ready) in season, out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). Paul is telling us that whether people want to hear the truth or not, it is our job to preach the gospel.

Perhaps the best thing we could do is follow the teaching of our Lord Jesus: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify you Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). If people do not see a difference between your life and theirs they probably will give no heed to the gospel message you preach. Continue reading

#evangelism, #sin, #society

Thorns and snares: Proverbs 22.5 VOTD

“Thorns and snares are in the path of the perverse,
but the one who guards himself keeps far from them.”

Proverbs 22.5

Righteousness saves a person from many a heartache and problem. Those who disregard God do not have a carefree life.

What “thorns and snares” have you been spared from? What does it mean to guard oneself?

#sin #self-control #VOTD

Store up: Psalm 119.11 VOTD

“In my heart I store up your words,
so I might not sin against you.”

Psalm 119.11

This psalm focuses on God’s word. The second section begins by asking how a young person can remain pure, v. 9. Purity is preserved through following God’s instructions. This is accomplished by storing up his words in the heart.

What has replaced the memorization of Scripture in most people’s lives? How can storing up God’s words be done today?

#sin #purity #VOTD

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7-31-2017 Mixed-up Morals

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV). It’s not enough that some people want to sin and ignore the love of God, but many, it seems, want to condemn any who express concern for their souls. Jesus said, “The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil” (John 7:7 NKJV). Christians should follow Jesus’ example and show compassion on sinners, to “save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 23 NKJV). Concern is not condemnation.
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#concern, #love-of-god, #sin

Sinning Against God

The Lord was with Joseph. He was a prosperous man. When Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand, he made him overseer over his house and all that he had. The Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake. Potiphar left all that he had in Joseph’s hand. Joseph was a good man and well favored.

Potiphar’s wife liked Joseph and set her sights on him. She asked him to “lie with her.” Joseph refused and told her that his master, and her husband, had committed all that he had to his care. He reminded her that he was the greatest in his house, and she was Potiphar’s wife. Then he asked the question: “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”  Continue reading

#bible-study, #sin

A difficulty that needs to be addressed

Reflect on Proverbs 18:19 for a moment or two. As you look at the three translations below, it is easy to see that each version conveys the same idea. To separate oneself from another by thought, words and/or actions makes for a difficulty that must be addressed.

The KJV read, A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. The ESV reads, A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle. The NET reads, A relative offended is harder to reach than a strong city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a fortified citadel.

What does the word “offended” mean? We are not to understand the word to mean “What she said offended me!”  Instead, what is in view is something much different. One Hebrew scholar used the word “wounded” in this context. A wounded person is one who had been attacked. Another scholar gave this sense, “The proverb is talking about changing a friend into an enemy by abuse” (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary-Revised). Continue reading

#offense, #sin, #unity