Devotionals
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October 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

How has living for Christ affected your relationships with people around you?


“But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes.” 1 Corinthians 8:1-3

 

I took a yoga class many years ago. One day before we started, I was telling this lady next to me that I enjoyed the exercise, but as a Christian I didn’t subscribe to the new-age beliefs that the teacher shares during class. The lady smiled condescendingly and said, “Maybe you can be open-minded. All religions work together.” In great fashion I replied, “Well, you have to be careful not to be so open-minded that your brain falls out!” I had just met this lady, and I launched into a lecture right then, and I lost her. Later while praying about it. God revealed to me that there is a time for a lecture and a time for love.  I should have earned the right to speak truth to her by loving her in the present.  You see there is a difference between knowledge that puffs us up and love that builds up.

 

I can remember when I had wrapped myself in the world’s prideful lies that made it easy to dismiss the fact that I needed a Savior. Lies like: There are many paths to God. People who do more good than bad will wind up in heaven. Jesus may be real for you, but not for me. Sin is a made-up concept used to make me feel guilty. There is no absolute truth. This, by the way, is an absolute statement!  When we invest in loving people as Jesus invested in us, we will discover that meaning and purpose is only found in relationships, and relationships give us opportunity to share the truth of God.  They also give us insight into our relationship with Him, and just how much we need His love. What lies have you believed about God in the past? As you got to know Him better through His Word, what truths have you discovered? How has living for Christ affected your relationships with people around you?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, the world is full of vague, fluffy lies meant to distract us from the only truth that leads to a meaningful life here on earth and eternal life in heaven with You. Lord fill my heart and mind with the truth of Your Son.   Jesus help me to take things in Your time and love people as You loved them. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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