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He Who Practices the Truth

June 28, 2019

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He Who Practices the Truth

Because God made us,  He knows us inside and out.     There isn’t a single thing we can hide  from Him.     So,  God can tell us  what human nature is like.     In John 3,  Jesus teaches us  about the differences  between people of faith  and those who hate the salvation God offers  to everyone.     We have all seen these differences.     In John 3:16-21,  Jesus says,

For God so loved the world,  that He gave His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.     For God did not send the Son  into the world  to judge the world;  but that the world should be saved  through Him.

He who believes in Him  is not judged;  he who does not believe  has been judged already,  because he has not believed  in the name  of the only begotten Son of God.     And this is the judgment,  that the light is come  into the world,  and men loved the darkness  rather than the light;  for their deeds were evil.

For everyone who does evil  hates the light,  and does not come  to the light,  lest his deeds  should be exposed.     But he who practices the truth comes  to the light,  that his deeds  may be manifested  as having been wrought  in God.

There are obviously people  who simply want  to do evil things.     God says so.     They want the power and benefits  they imagine  they can gain  through whatever evil  they practice.     Their conscience tells them  that their unbelief  in the ways of God  is judged as something evil.     That incites a further hatred  in them  towards God Almighty.     They don’t like being judged  and told what to do.     So,  they don’t want  to go to Jesus  for help  of any sort.

The word of God [Jesus] is referred to  as “the light”  because it is good,  pure,  righteous,  and out in the open  for every one to see.     The “light” shows us  the safe path we can walk on  through this dark world  of sin.     If we like being  in “the light”,  we like having God warn us  about the dangers  of various sins — and we like listening to God tell us  about the goodness  of living  according to His salvation.

The sad truth Jesus said is, “For everyone  who does evil  hates the light,  and does not come  to the light,  lest his deeds  should be exposed.”     Evil people get to hating Jesus  and the salvation He offers  to all  through faith.     They can’t stand the thought  of bowing  before the Lord,  and they surely don’t want anyone  pointing to their deeds  as being evil.     Basically,  they are not one bit interested  in being good — and they don’t want  to lower themselves  to needing  to put their faith  in Jesus.

God’s child is the opposite.     Truly,  he struggles with sin daily,  but he wants  to practice the truth,  so he is always going  to Jesus — the Way,  the Truth,  and the Life.     God’s child wants  to be saved  through the salvation  that only God can give.     He doesn’t want  to glorify himself  as righteous,  because he knows  that would not be true.     But,  he trusts in God’s holiness  to tell the truth — that Jesus is our only hope  of salvation;  there is no other way  to be saved.

With that faith,  that trust,  the child of God is practicing  the truth.     And God loves him  for it.     He is surely saved  by faith.     Therefore,  he says,  “Hallelujah!     Lord, thank You  for letting us be saved  by faith  in the merits  of Your suffering,  death,  and resurrection.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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