July 17, 2017

Her is our new memory verse for this week.

Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) — 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Sunday I preached about Living well as the Church. As the Church we are to posses the same character traits as Jesus. After all we are his bride and we are to be his representatives here on earth. People can tell how much we have grown spiritually when they see us responding like Jesus in less than ideal situations. My  text was 1Peter 3:8-11. In verse 9 Peter says that we shouldn’t pay back evil with evil.

Our memory verse tells us how Jesus responded  by standing in for us when we were the ones to commit evil. We rebelled and Jesus paid back by letting himself be pierced. We sinned and he allowed himself to be crushed. So that we could remain whole or live in peace he allowed himself to be beaten. He was whipped so that we could get paid back with a healing!

As I read this I responded by saying, “Thank you Jesus.” Now that response was pretty easy for me to make. I just formed some words with my tongue and spoke them. How would Jesus know that I really was thankful and not just mouthing some words? I guess it would be by me doing something good for someone who had wronged me. That of course is easier said than done. But if I am going to grow spiritually and be a good representative of Jesus this is something that needs to be done and  so that people can see that Jesus is alive and well and that he lives in me!

Are you grateful for what Jesus has done for you? Is Jesus alive and well in your life? Am I, are you, willing to pay back evil with good? Are we willing to take a hit for Jesus? If we do we will be living well as the church. And perhaps by consistently doing this people may just ask us why we are doing this and we will be able to tell them about Jesus.

1 Peter 3:13–15 (NLT) — 13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. 15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

P.S. Start with any family members that you may be on the outs with.