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Colossians 4: 5-6 ” Be wise in the way you act towards outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt so you may know how to answer everyone.”

In this verse it tells us how we should approach evangelism and share the Good News of Jesus with others.  It’s about being encouraging not convicting…listening not preaching…and having conversations not sermonizing.  It’s also about not having an “us versus them” mindset, but rather thinking “we” as a group.  Finally, it’s about living with integrity but also being vulnerable and transparent about our own struggles.  For none of us is a perfect Christian without faults and flaws.  And when we can show this side of us…we become more believable.

I John 4:1-3 ” Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.”

The Apostle John was warning of false teachers infiltrating the early Church with their deceptive ideas…for they were denying the key fundamentals of Christianity…that Jesus Christ came to earth taking on human flesh – that He was all man and all God.  He also warned of their denial of the resurrection – that Jesus was crucified, buried, but rose to life on the third day.  So why should we be so surprised today when we hear preaching  that just don’t sit well with us.  Those same false teachers are alive and well and preaching a “type” of Jesus to the masses.  But this corrupted concept of Jesus isn’t true, and doesn’t line up with the Word of God.  And if we’d look at the many religions around the world, we’d see many that deny Jesus and His deity all together.  But as John explains…the litmus test is simple.  Test everything you hear against the Word of God… evaluate for yourself to determine the truth… Listen carefully to the Holy Spirit within.

Psalm 38:19-20 ” Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous. Those who repay my good with evil and slander me when I pursue what is good.”

To quote I John 3:13,  “Don’t be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.”  And we shouldn’t as evil abounds in the world and the boundaries between right and wrong become blurred.  We shouldn’t be surprised when our Christian walk is met with opposition…or we are attacked for trying to do what’s right…or we are accused of not being “politically correct and inclusive” in our thinking.  Those who repay evil for good will always be around, so don’t be surprised…for it’s your reaction to hatred that really counts.  Jesus encountered many haters and those who disagreed with Him…but Jesus chose to never be disagreeable or nasty back.

Ephesians 5:1 ” Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children…”

It tells us in John 1:12-13, “Yet to all who receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”  When we are born again into the family of God we become His children.  And just like little children we learn by our Heavenly Father’s example.  We’ve all seen tiny toddlers attempting to mimic adult actions…it’s how children learn to do things…they model and copy their parents.  We are to be imitators of God…modeling our lives after Him, and living as His beloved children.

I Corinthians 10:12 ” So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.”

Here Paul was warning about idolatry and falling into temptation.  Probably the most conceited thought a Christian can have is, “That couldn’t ever happen to me!”   It’s when you think your “beyond” being tempted…that it’ll sneak up behind and bite you.  I’m sorry, but no one is immune to temptation and smugly thinking you are above it is only setting yourself up to fail.  We all need to be on guard and wary…for our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)

Romans 14:13 ” Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”

The Apostle Paul wasn’t speaking to non-Believers in this passage.  Rather, he was directing the faithful to stop judging one another.  You probably know someone who has been deeply wounded at Church by some hyper-critical  Carnal Christian, and now because of that, has turned their back totally on Christianity and anything to do with God.  For them, they can only see hypocrisy in fellow Believers that should be showing the love of Jesus…but instead are negative and critical.  Such Carnal Christians are a hindrance and a barrier to the Gospel Message.

Matthew 26: 31 ” Then Jesus told them, ‘ This very night you will all fall away on account of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ “

Jesus wasn’t chastising the Disciples, He was simply speaking the truth,  and fulfilling the  prophecy spoken of from Zechariah.  Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd…the one Who cares for, watches over,  and provides for the welfare of His flock…Christian Believers everywhere.