Sunday, June 24, 2012

How We Ought to Walk

"the one who says he abides in Him ought himself 
to walk in the same manner as He walked."
1 John 2:6

Have you ever known someone who professed to know Christ as their Savior, yet lived in total disobedience to the word of God? Now it's not up to you or me to pass judgment on another person's faith. God will do that and believe me He's much better at it than we could ever hope to be. He can see right into the heart of a person. Saved or unsaved. We can never hide from God what we really believe or who we really are. He knows. Having said that, God's word is absolutely clear on how one who claims to "abide in Christ" -- who claims to be a Christian -- will behave. He or she will "walk in the same manner as [Jesus] walked."  And how did Jesus walk? He walked in submission to the Father. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." Christians will never walk perfectly -- as Jesus our Savior walked perfectly -- as long as they are on this earth, but they ought to have the desire to do so. And when they don't they ought to feel convicted. That is the work of the Holy Spirit within. He plants the desire in us to walk in obedience and when we don't He convicts us of our sin. And when we feel convicted we ought to confess our sin to the Lord and ask for forgiveness, and ask for His help to walk in obedience. If we belong to Christ, our greatest desire will be to love Him. And we show our love by following Him in thought, word and deed. "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" -- Jesus Christ (John 14:15).

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