Posts Tagged ‘Jesus

22
Sep
17

Righteousness And Love

When you become a follower of Jesus, God the Father adopts you into His family of faith. When you are born again, you become a child of God. There are two ways that we change when we become God’s children. John wrote:

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. – 1 John 3:9-10 (NIV)

Righteousness and love are two of the distinguishing characteristics of God’s children. If you are a child of God, your life will be marked by doing the right things and loving people. Think about these things as you move about through your day today.
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20
Sep
17

Continuing To Sin

To know Jesus is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him. If we live lives that are characterized by sin and disobedience, do we really know and love Him? John wrote:

No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. – 1 John 3:6 (NIV)

These sound like scary words, right? I don’t know about you, but I still sin and fall short. So do I not know Him? Am I not living in Him? I believe that the idea that John has in mind here is a life characterized by sin. Is your life more characterized by sin or by repentance and righteousness? Every single one of us has sin in our lives. We’re not perfect and we know it. God does, too. That’s why He sent Jesus. He is the One who can deal with our sin by forgiving it. When we realize what He’s done for us, we will desire to sin less and love Him more.
19
Sep
17

He Came To Take Away Our Sin

Jesus never sinned in any way. It may seem hard to believe, but it’s true! John wrote:

Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. – 1 John 3:4-5 (NIV)

Since Jesus never sinned, He was able to be the perfect, unblemished sacrifice for the sin of the world. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Jesus came to take away our sin and to make us right with God. Since Jesus died for our sins, we are free from the consequences of our sin and lawlessness. We no longer stand condemned because of our sin, but instead, Jesus has set us free and we are free indeed. Live in that freedom today knowing that you have been forgiven.
18
Sep
17

Jesus Wants Your Surrendered Hands

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the second message in our series, “Surrendered.” This message is based on John 13:1-5, 12-17.

15
Sep
17

The Hope We Have

As children of God, we have hope in Christ that when Jesus appears, we will not only see Him, but we will be taken to our heavenly home to be with Him forever. John wrote:

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. – 1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)

What is your hope that you have? Is it the hope of Heaven?  Or is it merely a hope that things may get better in this life? Do you know where you’re going when you die? If you are a child of God who has been saved and forgiven through Jesus, your hope is in Heaven. Don’t forget that today! When you face trials and tests, remember that there is so much more waiting for you beyond this life. These things will pass, but your hope will remain.
13
Sep
17

Reflecting Our Father

There are two definitions of righteousness that we need to know. First, you can be declared right with God by His grace through faith in Jesus. Second, to be righteous is to do the right things. That second definition is what John has in view here. He wrote:

If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him. – 1 John 2:29 (NIV)

Jesus did the right things all of the time. He never sinned in any way. He was the perfect Son of God. When we do the right things, we show that we have been born of God. Have you ever seen a child misbehaving and thought, “What is wrong with his parents?” Have you ever seen a child acting up and said to yourself, “Why don’t her parents do something?” Our behavior reflects on our parents. As children of God, our behavior reflects our relationship with our Father. If we truly know who we are and to whom we belong, we’ll strive to live lives of righteousness for He is righteous.
12
Sep
17

Confidence Versus Arrogance

Faithfulness is one of the keys that unlocks confidence in Christ. Check out what the Apostle John wrote. He said:

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. – 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. When we live our lives in faithful service to Jesus, we can have confidence in our status before Him when He returns. It’s not arrogance. Arrogance says, “Don’t you know who I am?” Arrogance believes that one deserves Heaven. Confidence says, “I know who He is.” Confidence believes that the grace of God is sufficient to bring us to our heavenly home. Arrogance pridefully thinks that it is all about us. Confidence humbly knows that it is all about Him. This confidence we have comes from walking faithfully with Jesus in love for and service to Him. Be faithful today and confidently trust in His grace to lead you home.



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