Pastors Network Devotion
“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2 (ESV)
Love is the central and overarching principle of Christianity, so we must be mindful of it in all other things we do. Since love is such an important part of Christianity and walking in the Spirit, we must be very careful to define it biblically and correctly right from the start.
“What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.
So often when we think of sin, we think of things we think of as wrong or things our culture says is wrong. But the true standard for holiness comes from God and we can find this standard in the scriptures. True Christians often lacerate their souls because our culture, and sometimes even church culture, tells us something is acceptable that the Word of God and the Spirit of God living within us is telling us is not.
An often-overlooked attribute in church leadership is gentleness. We talk about it, and we know it's biblical, but in practice sometimes we don’t walk it out, because we are much too busy doing the work of the Lord to take the time necessary to model the character of God.
Gentleness is fruit and evidence that the Spirit of God lives in you (Galatians 5:22-23). As ministers of the Lord, we must be gentle and caring when serving the people God has entrusted to us.
“Now Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.” –C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
In his Chronicles of Narnia book Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis further explored questions of faith, as well as God’s calling, through two recurring characters: Aslan the lion and the girl Lucy.