Let’s be mindful of God’s forgiving nature. He is not a reluctant forgiver who must be begged to pardon us against His will, but rather a Father who finds joy in the restoration of His children. Let’s be encouraged by this thought, and also be more thankful for our forgiveness.
Daily Family Bible Studies
Jesus could not have been clearer when He said, “If you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Mt. 6:15). It’s only fair that we should not expect God to forgive us if we’ve been unwilling to forgive others.
Those in Christ are those “who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” We have a glorious hope of victory over the devil, but it is only in God. May we learn to trust Him more completely with every step we take!
This week, let’s study the Lord’s authority over His churches — and the dire consequences if we disregard His will. Any congregation can say that it is “of Christ.” But let’s make sure that being “of Christ” (both individually and collectively) is more than a matter of mere words.
Young people are not “second-class citizens” in the kingdom of God. When they set for us an example “in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity,” let’s express our appreciation. We are fortunate to have those who are younger in years, but already wise in the Lord!
For most people, the more important an activity is, the more powerfully they would like to be motivated. Now think for a moment: if obedience to Christ is the most important activity in life, what would be the most powerful motivation to engage in that activity?
When we let the “light” we have learned from God’s word shine into our heart and illuminate what is really there, we gain insight into how God sees us. With that insight, we can then make changes for the better. This is what “repentance” is all about.
When our hearts possess the quality of modesty, we will dress modestly, assuming our consciences are not misinformed on the subject. But while the condition of the heart is the primary consideration, both inner and outer modesty are important.
DFBS 243 – The Christian’s outward quality of life is the result of godly character in the inner person
The outward “fruit” of our lifestyle is borne by a tree that has “roots” in our inmost being. Since nothing makes more beneficial changes in a person’s heart than obedient faith in Jesus Christ, no one can have a better lifestyle than the faithful Christian.
Let’s pause a few times each day, lift our thoughts out of our own troubles, and ponder how we might help some fellow Christian, even if it is only by an encouraging word. The truth is, we all carry a heavy load. Let’s help one another to bear our burdens well.