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Stand up for Jesus!

August 30, 2010

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

--1 Corinthians 2:14

What do you think is the most often quoted verse of Scripture in our culture?

You might be tempted to say John 3:16, but I don't think that's the one. I believe the most popular verse is Matthew 7:1, which says, "Judge not, that you be not judged." This verse is frequently quoted by nonbelievers when people like you and I attempt to tell them where they are mistaken about spiritual things.

People say things like, "Who are you to judge me? Didn't Jesus say not to judge?"

You see, as followers of Jesus we face a natural resistance when we present the Gospel's perspective. And in today's devotional verse Paul explains why this happens. He tells us that spiritual things are foreign to the person who doesn't have a relationship with Christ. They lack discernment in this area.

So we shouldn't be surprised or hurt when we are reprimanded by unbelievers when we dare to show them where they are wrong. We still must dare to share the good news of the Gospel!

Don't let a reprimand cause you to lose your courage, rather stand up for Christ.

When you come across cultural, ethical, and moral debates, speak with conviction and with compassion on behalf of Christ and his Word!


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