Do the Things of Jesus

Learned received heard

We want to do what is right, but what does right look like? It is not simply doing what is right because what we think is right is not what God says is right. He wants righteous living and with every fiber of our being we should seek him and be like what he has called us to be – HOLY. Let’s read 1 Pet. 1:16, Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. I can only imagine your desire to do that, but you struggle to get there, well you don’t have to struggle any more, Jesus said do what you have learned, received, heard and seen. Let’s get to the heart of each of these commands and begin to walk in the ways of the Lord and receive the promise of peace.

We have learned to be obedient and to forgive others (the Lord’s prayer talks about forgiveness.) In his word we have learned we can trust in the Lord. The wisdom and knowledge of God is in his word to teach us those things of God, so as you can see, we have no excuse not to learn his ways. Hebrews 10:7, Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Here are some scriptures to bring back to your remembrance the things you have learned, set aside time to read them. Luke 9:23- deny yourself, Matthew 19:4-6 honor marriage, Galatians 5:13 be a servant, Matthew 22:37-38 love the Lord, Matthew 22:39-40 love your neighbor, John 14:15 keep his commandments, and Matthew 28:19-20 make disciples.

Next are those things you have received. For we can be thankful for we have received his Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8), his love, his word, grace and mercy, forgiveness, and spiritual gifts. We have received answered prayers and healing. He strengthens us when we are weak. God has given us refuge in times of trouble. We have received blessings on top of blessings. Amen.

Have you heard his word? Of course, especially if you grew up in the church. The word of the Lord was poured into you in church on Sunday morning and again at the Sunday evening service. Let’s not forget attending Bible Study and Sunday school, evangelizing in the neighborhoods and tent services. You have heard he died for your sins and rose on the third day. You heard he is the Son of God, and our Savior (believe this) with all your heart and soul. Jesus came to save the lost and healed the sick, blind and lame. We have heard he will never leave us or forsake us. Don’t take what you heard lightly, but read and study it all for yourself. In 2Tim. 2:15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

What we seen in Jesus is what we should emulate daily. Forgiveness in Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment and cast lots. He showed compassion, Matthew 9:26. Jesus understood people’s needs physically and spiritually. He was a humble servant always willing to serve others. Committed to what he came here to do, pay for the sins of the world. We should have that kind of commitment to God to live holy. Jesus was patient with those who came up against him. Jesus demonstrated self-control when tempted by Satan. 

Putting this in perspective, we are his disciples and our actions should mirror that of Jesus. We have learned of him, we have received the Holy Spirit, we have power, we have heard the Good News and seen the miracles he has done in our own lives. Therefore, those things, which ye have learned, and received, and heard, and seen in Jesus DO them and God’s peace will be with you and that is reason to rejoice. 

Be Blessed

The Fruit of the Spirit

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How do you see yourself? Is your character questionable? What would others say about you? More importantly what does God see in you? Are you demonstrating the character of Christ? I want God to see Christ in me and if God sees Christ in me then maybe just maybe others will see it and what an example I am to my circle of friends and others I may encounter throughout my life.

Let’s begin a ripple effect and show the attributes of Christ…the Fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22-23 KJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such is no law.

Love – John 15:12 KJV This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joy – John 15: 11 KJV These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. Jesus wants us to have his joy, because it endures through all circumstances. Our joy is based on how we feel at any given moment; however, the joy Jesus refers to is on the inside of you and nothing or no one can take that away from you. Know that his joy will sustain you in all you may go through. God is in control.

Peace – James 3:18 KJV And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. Think on the good things of God. That he will never leave you or forsake you. You and I can rest in his word because it is truth. That alone is peace.

Longsuffering – We can be patient because we have the Holy Spirit within us. We can endure and persevere. God is patient with us and if we have the same character traits as Jesus then we will be patient with others.

Gentleness – We should be gentle when dealing with others. A calmness of the spirit. Gentleness in your home with your family. Gentleness with those in need. Remember Jesus being gentle with the woman at the well John 4: 1-26 KJV. Also, with the woman caught in adultery John: 8:3-11 KJV

Goodness – Galatians 6: 10 KJV As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Faith – 2 Thess. 3:3 KJV But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. Be faithful to the one who died for our sins. Show your faithfulness through your obedience to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Meekness – Matthew 5:5 KJV Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Temperance – We must exhibit self-control so we will not fulfill the works of the flesh and Paul describes this in more detail in Galatians 5:19-21.

Now that you know the character traits of Christ!! Let the world see Christ in you!!