As we walk in love sharing the Word of Jesus Christ, let us not dilute the Word. In today’s world, where Christianity is often persecuted, and disrespected, it becomes easy to walk around carefully, not wanting to ruffle any feathers and do our best to live at peace. As Christians, we are to be loving and understanding, right? In today’s scripture, Paul teaches us that we can still walk in love, but hold firm to God’s Word and truth.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10
When we know something to be true, it is easy to stand firm. If you look at the blue sky, and someone else says it’s orange, are you just going to sit there and say, “oh sorry, you’re right, my bad.” No. You are going to tell them that it is blue. And when they break out the science that says, “well in the color spectrum, orange is actually a color, and so when I say orange I am correct because orange is a color and the sky is a color, therefore I am correct. See, today people twist things around and next thing you know everyone is saying the sky is orange. And if you don’t see it their way, then you are persecuting them. It’s complete silliness. If today the sky is blue, then it’s blue. I don’t care if it was orange yesterday, it’s blue today. It’s like gravity on earth. A current reality is that if you throw something up in the air it will fall back down to the ground. I don’t care if in space it floats, or if the ball gets stuck up in a tree – that does not mean that gravity is not real.
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Paul does not walk gently around the subject here of Jesus. He knows the truth, and so he speaks definitively. He makes not excuses or care to please any man. No matter what any person tells him there is nothing that is going to convince him otherwise because he knows. And how about us today? Do we know? Are we so convinced that we would stand our ground and defend our faith? What is your testimony? Notice that Paul starts with his testimony so that his listener understands Paul’s position from the start. First of all, I am a believer. I believe that Billy Graham understood this principle and often followed this same formula. In many of his speeches that I have heard, he often started out with his belief and declared with confidence. Norm Wakefield has said that the entire book of Hebrews is all about confidence in the Lord. How confident are we? If we say the Lord is with us, do we actually believe what we say or is it just words falling from our lips?
Let us have confidence in the Lord, and do what is pleasing to Him as we stand on God’s Word, not on man’s word.
Dear heavenly Father, help me to love those who come across my path today. Fill my heart with love and my mind with peace. Give me the confidence to be bold in speech and actions to the glory of your holy name. Make known my testimony Lord, that I might be a strong witness to your goodness and mercy. We receive you into our hearts, and wait for you to reveal your good work in and through us. We give you all honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Deuteronomy 13-15; Galatians 1
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