John 15:19 – Loving Those Who Hate

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19 ESV)

Last week in our small Bible study group one brother asked, “Why does this world hates us, Christians?” This is the very good question indeed. The truth is that we are not of this world. We are not following the system of this world, but instead completely walking by faith and trusting the Word of God.

God has very specifically commanded us in His Word

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Christ In Disagreements

With same sex marriage being legalized in the United States, there are many Christians who are rightfully upset. If you read your Facebook or twitter feeds, you can see the anger on both sides of the debate as they argue back and forth. Each saying they are being loving, but many times not showing it in their words and actions. As a follower of Jesus, I want to give you a few ways we can show Christ in our interactions with those we disagree with.

Be Light – Jesus is called the true light in John 1. It says that he enlightens everyone. He brings to light their sin and points them to another way. We are also called to be light in a dark world in Matthew 5:14-16. Part of this is separating yourself from darkness, the sin of the world. There is nothing wrong with letting people know that you disagree with their lifestyle and that you believe it is a sin.

Bring Hope – Not only did Jesus bring to light the sin around him, he also brought hope. In John 4 Jesus has an interaction with a Samaritan woman who was deep in sexual sin. He brought it to light, but also shared with her the hope she can have in Him, eternal life. Jesus tells us in John 3:17 that he didn’t come to condemn, but to save. Jesus always showed the hope people can have in Him. You were without hope before you became a follower of Jesus. As a christians we should be sharing the hope we received when we started following Jesus.

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Hebrews 7:2 – Righteousness Precedes Peace

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“..and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.” (Hebrews 7:2 ESV)

God’s righteousness is what always precedes His peace. It is the garment of righteousness that protects against worry. The breastplate of righteousness guards the heart against enemy’s infiltration. In order for you to lose your peace, satan will aim to make you second-guess your right standing with God. Once he wins this battle of identity, it is easier for him to sell you deception and worry – a labyrinth of lies that always leads to destruction.

Beloved, your identity is righteousness. It is Jesus’ righteousness that

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