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Believers basic behavior

Scripture reading for October 30th:  Hebrews 13, Psalm 67, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 13:1-5 “Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.  Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.  Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have for He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 

Since Christ Jesus is with us now and forever, we have an obligation to live a life that pleases Him in our basic relationships.  We must love our brothers and sisters in Christ, part of our family now and forever.  We must also show hospitality to strangers, because they may be angels of God sent to minister to us or others.  Prisoners are also to be remembered and visited as well as the persecuted for their faith.  Above all, marriage is sacred and to be honored as God has decreed that godly children are to be raised up in the family.  Finally, love God, not money!

Faith Confession:  Jesus Christ is my constant companion and friend.  I choose to live a life of love for God and others that reflects my love for Jesus Christ.  I will be with Him forever!

Psalm 67:1-3 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.  Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.” 

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Imitate what is good!

Scripture reading for November 27th:  3rd John

It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  Our lives as Christians are always examples to those close to us and in our sphere of influence.  We are teaching others by our example what following God looks like.  If you were to be prosecuted for following Jesus, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

“To my dear friend, Gaius, whom I love in the truth.  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul  is getting along well.  It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell me of your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.”  (3 John 2-3)  John wrote to an elder and personal friend to encourage him.  John had been encouraged and filled with joy to hear a good report of hospitality shown to preachers of the gospel by this elder.  He was setting a good example and was commended.

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, would have nothing to do with us.  So, if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.  He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.  Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good.”   (3 John 8-11)  In contrast to Gaius, Diotrephes was a bad example.  He was not showing hospitality and was tearing down the brotherhood and church unity through gossip.  He was an abusive church leader who needed to be exposed and corrected!  Bad examples often spread their evil!  Imitate what is good!

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Imitate good, resist evil!

Scripture reading for December 7th: 3rd John 1-15

John’s third letter is the shortest book of the New Testament.  John writes this letter to a friend, Gaius, whom he loves.  John wants to encourage him in his walk with the Lord and warn him concerning an individual who is disrupting the church.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.  It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy that to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3rd John 2-4)  John’s personal greeting and short prayer for him showed John’s faith in God’s will for each believer.  God wants us well and living in a state of wholeness.  This is most often a fruit of walking in faith in God’s truth.  John was filled with joy at a good report from a church where he had pastored.  We know that faith and walking in truth always pleases God as well!  (Hebrews 11:6)

“Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.  They have told the church about your love.  You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.  It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.  We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.” John writes to encourage Gaius about his hospitality.  He evidently had hosted brothers and provided for their needs.  John says that this is the right thing to do.

“I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.  So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us.  Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.” (3rd John 9-10)   John encouraged Gaius to imitate the good, not those who were evil.  Selfishness works division and strife in a church that must be dealt with by leadership.  Consider how to apply these scriptures today!

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