Seven Things That Make for Peace
The word peace in the Bible is not just a lack of discord; it is more importantly a demonstration of resting in God’s will through obedience. This is clearly shown in the peace offerings of the Old Testament.
Seven Things That Make for Peace
Zec 8:16 These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace…
- Doing good
Ps 34:14 Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
- Love, righteousness, and faithfulness
Ps 85:10 Steadfast love and faithfulness meet; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
- Pleasing the Lord
Pr 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Ro 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Mutual upbuilding
Ro 14:19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Eph 4:3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 4:21 AM CDT
Seven Truths of Jesus and the Gospel
The Bible tells you that both Jesus and the Gospel are truth.
- Truth came through Jesus
Jn 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- Jesus is the truth
Jn 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
- Truth is in Jesus
Eph 4:21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus…
- Jesus is the way and the truth
Jn 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
- Salvation comes by truth
2 Jn 3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love.
- The Gospel is truth
Col 1:5 because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel…
- Truth seals every believer
Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…
Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 @ 4:05 AM CDT
Fourteen Things of a New Christian Life
Sometimes it is useful to see just how far we fall short of the glory of God. If every Christian could do just these few verses, every life would change for the better. Let me list what God is asking each of us to do. Just in case you want to know, I am trying, but I am not there yet.
- Quit telling lies
- Tell the truth
- Get angry but do not sin
- Do not go to bed angry…sort it out
- Do not give the devil an opportunity
- Do not steal
- Work hard and honestly
- No foul talk whatsoever of any kind
- Speak good of others
- Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
- End the noisy bitterness and slander
- Be kind
- Be forgiving
Eph 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Eph 4:26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Eph 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil. Eph 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Eph 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Published on Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 4:34 AM CDT
Seven Christian Exhortations
Paul and Peter urge Christians to do certain things.
- Walk in Holiness
Eph 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…
- Admonish, encourage, help, and be patient
1 Th 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
- Pray for all people
1 Ti 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people…
- Teach the young self-control
Tt 2:6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
- Stay away from sinful passions
1 Pe 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
- Live quietly, mind your own affairs, and work
1 Th 4:10b But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 1 Th 4:11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you…
- Complete assigned tasks in the Lord, especially charity
2 Co 8:6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.
Published on Sunday, January 13, 2019 @ 4:35 AM CDT
Seven Christian Calls to Action
Here are seven Christian calls to action that are biblical exhortations.
- Give no opportunity to the Devil
Eph 4:27 and give no opportunity to the devil.
- Do not grieve the Holy Spirit
Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Speak the truth
Eph 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
- Work hard, do not steal, and share
Eph 4:28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
- No corrupting talk
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
- Walk in love
Be in unity Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
- Be in unity
1 Co 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Published on Saturday, January 12, 2019 @ 4:18 AM CDT