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Walking In Truth

Walking In Truth

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. Romans 2:1-2 (NKJV)

In chapter 1 of the Book of Romans we can see the Apostle Paul stating clearly - all men are without excuse in their failure to glorify God.  There is no doubt those who were religious would have agreed, but now Paul turns to these people and he asks them some pretty bold questions. 

  • You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself?
  • You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?
  • You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 
  • You who say, Do not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 

Paul knew these religious people were not practicing what they preached and he knew the result of this hypocrisy as well.  We can see the point he was making in his very next statement following these questions, as he said, "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," (Romans 2:24).  Because of their hypocrisy others were blaspheming the name of God.

Q:    What does this mean to us Christian men and women?

It means we need to identify any area within our lives where we are being hypocritical - those areas where we are doing things we know to be wrong by God.  It is important for us to truly understand how our actions affect others.  This is because both believers and non-believers are watching us - observing how we act and live.  Our actions can cause others to stumble in their Christian walk, or keep another from wanting to know Jesus.  

Q:  So how can we keep from causing others from blaspheming God?

We can achieve this by changing our actions to being like our Lord's.  We can achieve this by doing everything as if we were doing it "for" or "to" Jesus. 

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

I think as we meditate upon this Scripture it will help us to walk in truth and thereby help others to want to know God rather than reject Him.  I want to encourage you today to think about this as you make your decisions and choices.  Seek to please God in every action and do everything as if you were doing it for Him. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 3:17 how should we do everything?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you think of some things you may be doing that are not honoring to God, or things causing others to stumble?

APPLICATION:  If there is something in your life you need to repent of, I would encourage you to do so.  Also be willing to go to those who may have been caused to stumble because of these actions ask them for forgiveness and let them know of your choice to repent.  It can be a bridge to share your faith and belief in Jesus.

Father, thank You for sharing Your Truth with me today.  Help me to see any area in my life where I am sinning and potentially causing others to stumble in their walk, or in causing others to not want to know You.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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