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Reflecting Christ

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“…you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

Colossians 3:12 NLT

Clothed in kindness

A doctor once stepped into a taxicab and discovered an unusually friendly driver.…he asked the man why he was so cheerful. “It all started,” he said, “when I heard about a taxi driver who was so kind to a passenger that the man remembered him in his will, leaving him $65,000. I thought I would try it, and maybe somebody might leave me something. But after I tried it, I found it was so much fun being good that I decided I would do it for the fun of it, reward or no reward.”
The world would certainly be a more cheerful place if we all had such good dispositions. Imagine walking down the street and seeing nothing but smiling faces.…
Life is not a bed of roses, and most people are too happy to let you know that. That’s what we tell ourselves when we want to appease our guilt on those dark and dreary days. I’m not the only one who’s had a bad day, we think. People are just going to have to understand.
Maybe they do, but how does Jesus feel about it? Kindness should flow out of the life of a Christian. The world has an excuse to be angry, but we don’t. Redeemed people should act like they’re happy to be redeemed.
This is what separates believers from those who haven’t discovered the goodness of Christ. We have a reason to rejoice. We have a standard to uphold. We have a Savior to pattern our life after.
From Embracing Eternity by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins and Frank M. Martin (Tyndale) p 86

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House

Draw Your Strength From God

God comforts those who are persecuted

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More persecution leads to more comfort

“You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.”

About this week’s promise:

“The central message of Christianity, that all have sinned and are lost apart from Christ, is offensive to most people. After all, we humans are proud, and we don’t like to consider that we are ever in the wrong.
Because Christianity is offensive, those who bear its message are perceived as offensive also. Stephen became the first Christian martyr because the Jewish leaders who sent Jesus to the cross were enraged by his ringing accusation of their sin (Acts 7:51-8:3).
As believers, we must ask God for the courage to speak the truth and the grace to endure any unjust treatment that may result. When we consider the impact of Stephen’s death — the eventual conversion of the young man Saul (later called Paul) and the spread of the gospel (Acts 8:4) — we see that even terrible persecution, in God’s hands, can lead to great glory.”
From the TouchPoint Bible with commentary by Ron Beers and Gilbert Beers (Tyndale) p 952
For more on this week’s topic, check these Tyndale resources:
The Life Recovery Bible NLT with commentary by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop (1998) Total Abandon by Gary Witherall and Elizabeth Cody (2005) Shadowed by Jerry B. Jenkins – Fiction (2005)

Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of Tyndale Publishing House