Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Days 15 & 16

The most important thing of all is LOVE. Time after time after time, the Bible tells us to show love. It is unfortunate that this characteristic is so hard for us to master. Our human nature is naturally self-centered. So, we must PRACTICE.

1. "Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:35) Jesus' wording makes it clear that love should result in visible evidence.

2. "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." (Galatians 5:6) Showing love is an action, an expression of faith.

3. "The entire law is summed up in a single command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Galatians 5:14)  In this statement, Jesus acknowldges that our human nature is selfish. Therefore, we should understand that in order to show love to someone else, we should treat them as we would naturally treat ourselves...

4. The other part of that commandment is to love God. Visible manifestations of that love can be seen through our obedience. One very tangible action that expresses our obedience, is baptism. It symbolizes our participation in the fellowship of God's family, it declares your faith, symbolizes death to your old life and announces your new life in Christ. Baptism doesn't make you a member of God's family, only faith in Christ does that. Baptism shows you are a part of God's family.

Our life should be about PRACTICING love. Can others see that in your life?

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