Words from the Heart for Friday July 8th, 2016

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

John 8:31-32 (NLT)

Remaining Faithful

Freedom requires us to have the desire, ability, and the opportunity to do what will make us happy forever. Only Jesus can give us all of these things, and they come through knowing His teaching and walking in His ways. Do you know this kind of freedom?

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Devotion

How faithful are Canadians? Three-quarters of Canadian singles say they have never cheated in a monogamous relationship, ranking only behind the French and coming in neck-and-neck with the Brits and Americans. According to a survey conducted by social dating network, Zoosk.ca on Monogamy and Cheating, the most prevalent cheaters are the Italians, with almost 40% saying they’ve cheated while in a relationship, followed by the Danes. While Zoosk’s Canadian singles claim to be among the most loyal partners in the world, their views on relationships are largely consistent with men and women from across the Atlantic according to the global survey, which asked over 14,000 singles from nine countries to weigh in on their past experiences and feelings about cheating and monogamy. Zoosk is one of the world’s largest social dating communities with millions of members worldwide.

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We live in a day when many people doubt there is any such thing as ultimate truth. They have been lied to by those in positions of trust and have watch enough cop and courtroom dramas to believe that the truth is usually in the grey somewhere. But in spite of the lack of truth in our daily experiences, there is a truth that is immutable and eternal. John 8:31-32 records this: “Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus would go on to say that He is the truth and so what He is getting at here is that when we know Him, we know the truth. And it is Jesus who sets us free – from sin and guilt and shame. We are simply called to remain faithful to Him and what He teaches. That should be natural for us if we truly love Him. He loved us first by taking our punishment on the cross and when we respond to that in repentance and faith, it is natural for us to love Him back. As 1 John 4:19 says “we love him because he first loved us.” Because we love Him, we will want to be faithful to Him as an expression of our love for Him. If you love the Lord, live faithfully to His teachings.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley