Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 3 of 3

God is the God of your conscience.  You cannot have a weak conscience and a strong walk with God.

Most people seem to only use their consciences to judge the behavior of other people.  When it comes to their own behavior, they seem to want to waive those same rules.

God will not have this.  He can’t walk through life arm in arm with an unforgiving person.  He’s just not that way.

Revering Christ means using your conscience to find the right path to take.  Use conscience for all your decision making.  When your conscience is not clear, remember Jesus…and pray.  Through these two means, your conscience will be strengthened.

Keep improving your behavior until your conscience stops bothering you.  When peace and joy replace emptiness of heart, you know that you are revering Christ and it is pleasing Him.  Your soul is being saved as long as you live this way.

For more, see It’s a Salvation of the Soul…Not Circumstances.

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Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 2 of 3

Do not think that you can revere Christ while clinging to your selfishness.  True reverence for Christ consists in valuing what He values and despising what He despises.

You must acknowledge the sins in your life.  Confess them to Him.  And you must then alter your behavior to conform to His will.

If you truly live each day seeking His will instead of your own, your soul will grow in its blessedness.

There is a direct correlation between the peace and joy you have in your soul each day and the degree of devotion you show to your Lord Jesus Christ.  True devotion to Christ and His ways invariably leads to increasing peace and joy.  Insufficient regard for Christ inevitably leads to decreasing peace and joy.

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Revere Christ to the Salvation of Your Soul – Part 1 of 3

Do you have reverence for Christ?  Is this an attitude that is growing in you each day?

Many people you will encounter today do not revere Christ at all.  Even among those who do revere Him, there are many who do so only in lip service.  Every Sunday there are millions who gather in order to sing hymns or choruses to a Name they are not going to remember again until the next time they go to such a service.

Truly revering Christ means living up to all you know to be good and right…in His sight.  If you do this, He will bless your soul.  That is, you will begin to feel better about life and about yourself.  This is salvation of the soul.

Alas, the saying is true that “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”  However, you do not have to be one of them.  Make your mind a sanctuary for the daily reverence of Jesus Christ and you shall find a source of deep and abiding joy.

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 3 of 3

Lots of people want to walk with God but they don’t want to turn the other cheek.

If you don’t learn how to turn the other cheek, you won’t be able to walk with God.  You’ll be on a different path than the one He uses.

God is kind even to ungrateful and evil people.  If you want an intimate relationship with God, this is the way you have to think and act.

Isn’t it a very small price to pay to get to walk with the most wonderful person alive?

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 2 of 3

When we suffer at someone’s hand, we have an opportunity to learn the obedience of Jesus.  That is, we can forgive the wrongdoer- which is what Jesus would do.  Or, we could refuse to forgive.  The problem with refusing to forgive is that we thereby pronounce judgment on ourselves.

God judges us according to the way we have judged others.  Whatever standard we hold others to, God holds us to.  Therefore, if you want mercy from the judgments of God, you need to show mercy to others.  The only person you are punishing when you refuse to forgive…is yourself.

That’s why Jesus says we should forgive everyone of everything in our hearts.  It’s not only the right thing to do, it keeps God’s mercy flowing our way.

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We Learn Obedience from the Things We Suffer – Part 1 of 3

In living for Jesus Christ, we learn obedience by the things we suffer.  This is just the way He Himself learned obedience.

When He instructs us to turn the other cheek, it is getting our cheek slapped in the first place that gives us a chance to practice that commandment.  If we did not suffer the slapped cheek, we wouldn’t have that command to obey.

Does this mean we go looking for suffering?  God forbid.  Besides, it will come to us without our seeking it anyway.  Especially as we seek to live for Christ’s approval instead of the approval of others.

Jesus on the cross was the ultimate example of turning the other cheek.  Can we honor Him if we demand justice every time our cheek gets slapped?

If we want to obey Jesus, we have to walk the way He walked.  That means not returning evil for evil or insult for insult.  Even in our thoughts.

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The Pursuit of Virtue Through Jesus Christ – Part 3 of 3

God created you that you might have a personal relationship with Him.  This personal relationship is like a friendship or even a marriage.  It is to be intimate.

God wants you to never be alone.  He wants to be the One who is with you at all times.  He already knows your thoughts – He wants you to know His.

You cannot have a personal relationship with Him unless you are willing to pursue a life of virtue.

Many people have had a personal experience with Jesus Christ that they fondly recall.  However, the feeling, the passion, the emotion has drained away.  The reason for this is that Jesus cleansed you of your sin when you first knowingly embraced Him.  However, you did not pursue moral excellence with perseverance and so your soul returned to its unredeemed state.

The way to regain the glow that you had with Jesus in your first days of walking with Him is to repent of your sins and be as moral as you can.  Another way of saying this is to be as much like Jesus as you know how.

You cannot walk with Him if you do not walk like Him.

Do not think that this means you must quit your job or leave your family or any other such thing.  Rather, it means that you renew yourself to commitments, and fulfill them as Jesus would.   Let Him live His life through you for the sake of those around you.  Both you and they will be the better for it.

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The Pursuit of Virtue Through Jesus Christ – Part 2 of 3

You cannot live a life of virtue for Jesus Christ unless you are willing to repent of your sins.

To repent means to change your way, to change your thinking, to change your mind.

A person who genuinely repents will have changes in behavior as well as changes in motivation.

Although it helps to be sorry for your sins, it doesn’t help if you don’t change your thinking and actions accordingly.

Because our sin is great, repentance cannot be completed in one transaction.  It is an attitude that must be renewed each morning as we set out to give a day to God.

Was your life so virtuous yesterday that you have nothing from which you need to repent today?

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The Pursuit of Virtue Through Jesus Christ – Part 1 of 3

Jesus Christ is about virtue in the human experience.  He is not about churchgoing.  He is not about lip service.  He is about doing what is good and right in the sight of God.

To properly acknowledge Jesus Christ is to forsake our selflessness and live in devotion to His interests.  Those interests are the welfare of others – most specifically, those others who are closest to us.  (The word “neighbor” essentially means “near one.”)  Beyond them, it includes those most in need of food or clothing.

Jesus Christ is not about winning the approval of people.  Rather His way of life is about winning the approval of God and often withstanding the disapproval of people in the process.

Jesus Christ loved you enough to give up His own life for you.  Unless you reciprocate His love, you will not have the inner strength to live a life of moral excellence.

With Jesus, what matters most is virtue.  (In biblical language this is the absence of sin and the presence of righteousness.)

Unless His virtue and His approval mean more to you than anyone or anything else in life, you will not find true happiness on this earth.

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You’re Going to Repent Sooner or Later

You are going to be sorry for your sins and you are going to want to do better.  In other words, you are going to repent.  Everyone is going to repent.  If you wait until you die to do it, you will be ashamed and embarrassed.  Don’t put it off.  Repent now.

Since everyone is going to repent sooner or later, you might as well do it sooner when it will do you more good.  Once you die, there will be nothing you can do to change what you did on earth.

Here’s some further food for thought:

Everyone Is Going to Heaven

Judgment Is Upon Us

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