Hey brothers – join us this Thursday night for our January Men’s Fellowship Night. Pastor Andrew Brown, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Toms River will be sharing God’s Word. Dinner begins at 6:15 AM and the program will follow. Call 800-453-7942. Check out our website for details: http://americaskeswick.org/christian-events/monthly-events/mens-fellowship-night
THE ATTITUDE OF CHRIST
January 1, 2015 some friends and I went to NYC. I was blessed to be able to experience this with like-minded brothers. We saw the world in pretty much all forms. There was one particular situation that took place, when a guy helped us purchase a subway ticket. This act of kindness was inspired because this man wanted to make sure he didn’t miss the train, but still in a Godly way. Not only did he assist us he just paid for it. He was helpful, kind, and polite. I don’t know if this man was a Christian or not but he defiantly exhibited Christ like behavior.
Sometimes (most times) we treat those we don’t know with more respect than those we do know. I tend to get comfortable enough with those that are close to me to say and do things that will hurt their feelings. When I find myself doing this I realize it’s because I feel that I’ve been wronged, and that might be true, but doesn’t mean I have the right to inflict pain or wrong them or others. There are many reasons we act out inappropriately. These types of action not only hurt our spiritual life but also spreads like cancer to all those around us. I would like remind us all, especially myself, that this can work both ways. Just like the man in NYC, doing acts of kindness will generate a positive chain reaction. So often people do and say things before thinking how it might affect others. This coin again has two sides, weather your on either side you must always think of the other person.
When I was growing up my mom said two things very often, and I never thought of them as biblical. One of these things was two wrongs don’t make a right, and treat others as you would have them treat you. We’ll now I see these are very biblical, and line right up with the understanding the Spirit of God has shown me. Remembering to exercise this truth is we all fall short, which is why, no-matter which side of the coin your own as soon as the Spirit reveals to you what your part is, act on it and the blessings of God will enter your heart. Then you can begin a chain reaction of Christ like behavior of denying self that will encourage others to do the same.
There are many places in the Bible that will come to mind when we think of these words, but the two passages that come to my mind the most from this devotion are Romans 12 and Matthew 7:12. We always want justice, not only do we want it but we want to see it. Instead of worrying about ourselves focus on Jesus and others. My prayer today is everyone who reads this takes a few minutes to open their Bible and read and meditate on them and any others that the Spirit of God directs you.
You’re Brother in Christ
Brian Ferguson is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He serves full-time at America’s Keswick and is an on-line student at Lancaster Bible College
Think About This: A gglorious thing to learn the secret joy of giving all that we are, including our dreams, to God, whether in seasons of lack, prosperity, joy or pain. Our expression of trust creates the opportunity for God to do something great in our lives. Stephen K DeSilva
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6