Monday, September 16, 2013

Thought of the Day !!

For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile.
                                                                  Romans 1:16 (NLT)

Have you ever been ashamed of the Gospel (Good News)?  If you've ever been embarrassed to say anything when others around you are speaking and acting totally unChristian, then you have. 

There are times when we're around non-Christians that we must allow a certain latitude, knowing that they don't know Christ.  Hopefully this will lead to a time when we can share the Gospel with them.  But how often are we around Christians that are acting in ways that go against what Christ and the Bible teach us?  How often do we keep quiet because we don't want to upset the apple cart?  Are we ashamed to speak out in gentle and loving ways to our brothers and sisters? 

There have been times when I wasn't acting at all Christ-like and was called on it.  I know what that feels like.  It's embarrassing and can become an opportunity for us to get defensive.  We must allow others to share constructive words with us when we've gone astray as well.  I give thanks for the times when people have set me straight, even if I did have a hard time with it at the moment. 

The Good News about Christ is the power of God at work in us and through us.  We must be open to it, allowing God to use it to make us better people and create better relationships with Him and others.  Don't be ashamed or embarrassed of the Gospel.  And don't be afraid to be shown this Gospel when you're acting or living contrary to it.

In the love of Christ,


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