Jesus said the greatest commandment is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind and with all your strength” So, what does it mean to love God? God has given us observable indicators that show demonstrated evidence of our love for Him or lack of love for Him.
We aren’t called to argue for the gospel as an attorney. Instead, Jesus said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). Witnesses tell of what they have seen or heard firsthand. Our role is to lovingly testify to the gospel and to be witnesses to the reality of how God has worked in our lives.
There is considerable Scripture dedicated to imploring believers to strive for living in purity and righteousness in their daily walk with Christ. Regrettably, this teaching is often overlooked in many church gatherings today. Yet, for a believer’s joy and spiritual growth, it is vital to stress the importance in striving to live holy, upright, godly lives.
There’s a familiar saying that to be justified in Christ is to be “just if I’d” never sinned. But, justification is much deeper than that and believers need to remember that our justification came at a great expense. In Christ, we are justified, or declared guiltless—not because it is as if we had never sinned, but because our guilt was inferred upon Christ, who died for us.
In the book of James, believers are reminded that good works ought to accompany genuine faith. We can rest in absolute assurance, that our salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone and not by works. But, too, genuine faith in Christ will absolutely not let us rest from serving others for their betterment and Jesus’ glory.
The crown of life will be given to believers who persevere through temptations, tribulations, and persecutions. This crown is spoken of by Jesus as a reward for those who faithfully endure trials and attacks brought against them because of their uncompromising allegiance to Him and His Word.
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Heb 13:5). Live in contentment and humility in whatever your situation. Regardless of where you are economically, the answer to true wealth and prosperity come back to your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
God desires for all His children to increase in wisdom. That being so, God won’t withhold wisdom from anyone who asks in faith. Why would He? God wants us to draw nearer to Him and wisdom brings us closer into His presence, because wisdom is grounded in faith and reverence of God. But we must trust Him and believe that He grants good things to those who ask.