John 5:18 – False Accusations

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. (John 5:18 ESV)

This is an astounding text. The most humble man to ever walk this earth was brutally murdered for the accusation of blasphemous pride! So while a person may walk in Christlike humility, he or she may still be accused of arrogance. This misconception of arrogance generally stems from Christianity’s belief in the exclusivity of Jesus for salvation (John 14:6) and Christians living, thinking, and speaking in light of that truth. If Jesus, the one who came to serve and not be served (Mark 10:45), was labeled as arrogant and prideful, we almost certainly will be! Don’t succumb to false guilt when you are challenged for your arrogance (your belief in the exclusivity of Christ for salvation), but realize that true humility is submitting to the Lord and being a faithful witness regardless of man’s opinion.

Remember, to be loving is to be uncompromising in your testimony of Christ alone for salvation. There is no better way in which to serve our fellow man than to faithfully bear witness to Jesus.


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