2 Corinthians 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2 Cor 3:3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.
Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
D.L. Moody said, "Out of 100 people 1 will read the Bible, 99 will read you. Our lives are the only Bible some people will ever read.
This is a beautiful example of how much people watch us as Christians, and will put us to the test! Always be on guard -- and remember -- You carry the name of Christ on your shoulders when you call yourself a 'Christian."
Jesus told his disciples to do what the Pharisees say but not what they do. The Pharisees knew the law frontward and backward, but they did not live it. They lacked mercy, love & compassion.
Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Mt 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Mt 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Mt 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Mt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men.
Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mt 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Also Luke chapter 11)
Jesus told his disciples, in Luke 12:1, to "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." We may fool some of our brothers & sisters for a little while, but we can be sure our sins will find us out. God knows our hearts (Luke 16:15 & Acts 15:8).
Hebrews 4:13 says, but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
The following story came from an e-mail I received:
Several years ago, a preacher from out-of-state accepted a call to a church in Houston, Texas. Some weeks after he arrived, he had an occasion to ride the bus from his home to the downtown area. When he sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much
change. As he considered what to do, he thought to himself, You'd better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it? Then he thought, Oh, forget it, it's only a quarter. Who would worry about this little amount?
Anyway, the bus company gets too much fare; they will never miss it. Accept it as a 'gift from God' and keep quiet?
When his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door, and then he handed the quarter to the driver and said, "Here, you gave me too much change."
The driver, with a smile, replied, "Aren't you the new preacher in town?"
"Yes", he replied.
"Well, I have been thinking a lot lately about going somewhere to worship. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. I'll see you at church."
When the preacher stepped off of the bus, he literally grabbed the nearest light pole, held on, and said, "Oh God, I almost sold your Son for a quarter."
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Do we have enough evidence to be a Christian to the world?
Would we want other people to act like we do?
This story came from Our Daily Bread:
His face was grimy, his hair long and dirty. Beer stained his clothing and perfumed the air around him. When he stepped into the church building, the Sunday worshipers ignored him. They were stunned when the man approached the pulpit, took off his wig, and began preaching. That's when they realized he was their pastor.
I would like to have heard that sermon.
We are ambassadors for Jesus. If we call ourselves Christian, which means Christ-like, that is how we should behave. We should be the light of the world; a reflection of Jesus. We are His hands and feet in this dark world.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
This prayer that Paul prayed is what we need to pray for ourselves & others.
Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;
Php 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Php 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
If we do what Peter says in this next scripture, the world will know that we are children of Almight God.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
1pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
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