What would Jesus do?
Luke 4:20-21 Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. 21 He began saying to them, “Today as you listen, the scripture has been fulfilled (HCSB)
Your greatest adversaries of the Gospel are those nearest you. Why? Biases. Their opinion of you is based on the Old you before giving your life to Christ, The philanderer, the drunkard… And though you don’t want to judge them, you don’t want to be known as the hypocrite, yet the two are inevitable.
Then there is the, “I don’t believe God would allow evil, and It’s always “Those Christians.” And at that moment, you want nothing more than to whip out your sword of truth, and start unloading scripture. Right? Jesus faced the same adversities when He went back to Nazareth:…”Isn’t that Joseph’s son?,” Aren’t you the same?….
Your faith will be challenged 23 Then He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me,: ’Doctor, Heal yourself. He knew that how He responded would affect their impression of Him and the advancement of the Gospel.
Word and deed.
James 1:22 Tells us to be “Doers and not only hearers of the word,” To be a person of your convictions; To go after your aspirations To show them what our faith looks like. But do so in the humility of Christ, in a way edifying to Him, according to they way were taught
4 endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.5 This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given us (Romans 5:4)