MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
“Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with Him, and He with them.”
1 John 3:24 (NLT)
F. E. Smith was a capable lawyer with a quick wit who served as the British attorney general from 1915 until 1919. On one occasion he cross-examined a young man claiming damages for an arm injury caused by the negligence of a bus driver. “Will you please show us how high you can lift your arm now?” asked Smith. The young man gingerly raised his arm to shoulder level, his face distorted with pain. “Thank you,” said Smith. “And now, could you show us how high you could lift it before the accident?” The young man eagerly shot his arm up above his head. He lost the case.
One of the purposes of the book of 1 John is to help Christians guard against deception. According to 1 John 3:24 we should be asking how the actions and words of people compare to what the Bible says. If anyone is in a relationship with Jesus, there should be a natural desire to keep their teaching and their lives in line with the Bible. Yet, there seems to be so much deception in the world and even in the church.
Mike shared 2 Timothy 3:16-17 on Sunday which reads, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
What’s something “true” you’ve learned from the Bible?
What’s something “wrong” the Bible has convicted you of?
What’s something the Bible has helped you “correct” in your life?
What’s a “good work” the Bible has “equipped” and “prepared” you to do?