How To Treat Others

In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12

In the verse above, Jesus gives us a general rule on how to treat people. We’re not to treat people the way they treat us, we’re to treat people the way we would like them to treat us. This is how the Christian is to live.

This is a golden rule indeed! It doesn’t simply forbid petty malice, revenge, cheating and deceit. It does much more. It prevents the need to lay down endless little rules for our conduct in specific cases.

It sweeps away the whole debatable ground with one mighty principle. It shows us a balance and measure, by which everyone may see at once how they should act.

Is there something we wouldn’t like our neighbor to do to us? Then let us always remember that this is the thing we ought not to do to him. Is there a thing we would like our neighbor to do to us? Then this is the very thing we ought to do to him.

– J. C. Ryle

7 Ways To Spring Clean Your Life

Spring cleaning is a time when we clean out the mess, open the windows and let the warmth and light shine in. Here are seven ways to spring clean your life:

1) Clean out Pride and replace it with Humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (Psalm 25:9)

2) Clean out Anger and replace it with Self Control.

An angry man stirs up dissension, and a hot-tempered one commits many sins. (Proverbs 29:22)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

3) Clean out Unbelief and replace it with Faith.

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (Hebrews 3:12-13)

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

4) Clean out Revenge, and replace it with Forgiveness.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. (Romans 12:17-19)

Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9)

5) Clean out Complaining and replace it with Praise.

Do everything without complaining or arguing. (Philippians 2:14)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased (Hebrews 13:15-16)

6) Clean out Wicked Thoughts and replace them with Pure Thoughts

The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.(Matthew 15:18-19)

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8)

7) Clean out Gossip and replace it with Encouragement.

Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down. (Proverbs 26:20)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)

Joy In All Circumstances

Joy Comes From Being In Christ

It’s natural for people to be happy when things go well. But the Christian’s joy doesn’t come from earthly circumstances, it comes from being “in Christ” (Rom 15:17).

Christians think more of their Lord than their difficulties; more of their spiritual riches in Christ than their poverty on earth; more of the glorious future when their Lord should come again than of their unhappy past. (Rom 8:38-39)

God’s Purpose Is Being Worked Out

Christianity turns a person’s thoughts away from themselves and onto the great God who has saved them in Christ our Savior.

When a person comes to see that God in Christ has saved him, everything changes. He now realizes that God’s purpose is being worked out. He sees evidence of this in his own life and in the lives of those around him.

This leads the Christian to understand that a loving purpose is being worked out even during hard times (Rom 8:28). When he comes to see God’s hand in all things he learns to give thanks for all things and have joy in all circumstances.

– Leon Morris

Forgiving Others

Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about the importance of forgiving others. He made it clear that forgiveness is to be a characteristic of his followers. So let’s explore what it means to forgive others, the benefits of forgiving and how to forgive.

What It Means To Forgive

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)

To forgive means to not seek revenge on the one who has hurt you. It means letting go of the anger we harbor inside us and allowing God to deal with him or her as he, in His perfect wisdom, sees fit.

It doesn’t mean excusing a wrong or denying that it ever happened. It means we don’t allow ourselves to be consumed with anger towards the one who has done something to us. Instead of cursing the people who has wrong us, we pray for them. Here are three verses that reflect the attitude of the forgiving heart:

“Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)

“Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.” (1 Peter 3:9)

“Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, ‘I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it,’ says the Lord. Instead, do what the Scriptures say: ‘If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you’. Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.” (Romans 12:17-21)

Why Forgive?

“And don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior” (Ephesians 4:26-27,31)

As the verses above tell us, anger gives Satan a foothold in our lives. Anger has a devastating effect on our relationship with God as well as with others. Over time we’ll take our anger out on those around us. It consumes us unless we deal with it.

Jesus passionately taught us to forgive others, to let go, to let him handle it. He wants us to be at peace and for that to happen anger must be replaced with forgiveness.

A few years ago Christianity Today featured a cover story entitled, “The Forgiveness Factor: Social Scientist discover the power of a Christian virtue” (January 10,2000). In it, they discussed how researchers have discovered the importance of forgiveness. What was most interesting was that they had come to the conclusion that the one who does the forgiving is the one who benefited the most.

How To Forgive

“Without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

After Jesus taught the apostles about forgiveness (Luke 17:3-5) they said to him, “Give us more faith!” Forgiving is not easy. It takes the strength of God to truly be able to let go. It takes faith and much prayer to say to someone, “I will repay this evil with good. I will not hate you.”

“I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Jesus, who spoke these gentle words, has the power to heal the hurting soul. He can take your shattered life and piece it back together again.

Tips to help you forgive:

– Do not deny that you have been hurt. As we learned, forgiving is not denying.

– Make a decision to forgive others (Luke 17:3-5)

– Do not seek revenge or repay evil for evil. Let God handle it in his perfect way (1 Peter 3:9)

– Ask Jesus to help you release the anger inside you (Ephesians 4:26-27,31)

– Pray for a forgiving heart and read what the Bible says about the subject.

– Pray for those who have hurt you (Matthew 5:44)

Four Ways To Enjoy This Day

There are four things we can do to be blessed, and be a blessing to others, today:

1) Meditate On God’s Word

“I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Psalm 119:14-16)

God’s Word is a “light for our path.” (Ps 119:105) It brings us joy by “teaching, rebuking correcting and training us in righteousness,” (2 Tim 3:16) showing us what things are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy, (Phil 4:8) and by reminding us of all God’s promises. (Ps 119:76, Gal 3:14) Take time everyday to read the Bible.

2) Live Faithfully

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)

Christians represent the living God to a dying world. Whatever happens throughout the day our goal should be to “conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” (Phil 1:27)

We should be faithful children, parents, spouses, employers, employees and friends, treating people the way the Bible tells us to, and remembering when we fall short “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jhn 1:9)

Another aspect of living faithfully is truly putting our faith in Christ, who we trust to not only pay for our sins, but also provide, guide, strengthen and comfort us. (Rom 3:22-26, Phil 4:13, 2 Cor 12:9-10)

3) Live For Others

“We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph 2:10)

We’re created in Christ to do good works, and He has blessed each of us with gifts which allow us to accomplish these works. Some are good at encouraging, some are able to teach, some love to pray, others have the gift of compassion… there are many different types of gifts but what they all have in common is the gifts God gives us are designed to serve others.

We’re encouraged to have the same attitude as Christ by “serving one another in love.” (Phil, 2:5-7, Gal 5:13) A day spent living for others will fill your heart with joy because “it’s more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35)

4) Rejoice In the Lord Despite Any Earthly Circumstances

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Every day we should rejoice with “joy inexpressible” because we have a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (1 Pet 1:3-4,8) Even when we go through hardships we still rejoice because we’re focused on this hope.

We rejoice in spite of the fact that the bank is about to foreclose, or the doctor has bad news, or whatever else comes our way. We rejoice because the source of our joy doesn’t come from our earthly circumstances, it comes from our heavenly standing. We rejoice always because we belong to Christ.

Living for Christ

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” – Colossians 3:2-4

Living for Christ puts Christ at the center of our life

It’s only as we learn to die to self that we begin to live for Christ.

Human nature seeks everything for itself and nothing for Christ. But when you become a Christian, you’re no longer the center of your life, Christ is.

Life has a new center, a new direction. Christ comes first. His plan for our lives replaces our own. It’s no longer what we would like to do but what the Lord wants us to do. We now say “Not my will, but Your will, be done.”

Dying to self and growing in Christ — this is what Christian living is all about.

While we’re thinking how this or that will affect us, whether it will benefit us to make this sacrifice or that self-denial; while we are consulting our own ease, our own comfort, our own interest or advantage in any form, we have not yet learned fully what the love of Christ means.

Living for Christ leads to peace

When Christ is small and self is large we cannot be deeply restful. Everything annoys us. We grow impatient of anything that breaks our comfort. We grieve over little trials. We resent whatever would hinder or oppose us.

But when self decreases and Christ increases then a life of friction and worry is changed into a life quietness and peace. When the glory of Christ streams over this little, cramped, fretted, broken life of ours peace comes, and the love of Christ brightens every spot and sweetens all bitterness. Trials are easy to bear when self is small and Christ is large.

God really thinks about our lives and has a purpose of His own for them, a place He would have us fill, a work He would have us do. Surely if God cares enough for us to make a plan for our life, it must be better than any plan of ours could be!

How do we die to Self? (From Colossians 3:5-9)

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

How do we Live for Christ? (From Colossians 3:12-17)

“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

– J. R. Miller

Strength For Today

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in your weakness.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

You can overcome whatever you’re going through — not by your strength, or your wisdom, or your prayers, or your experience — but through God’s grace.

His free, His matchless grace, independent of all works and efforts, independent of everything in us, flowing wholly and solely, fully and freely, out from Jesus to the needy, the guilty, the destitute, the undone.

You who are tried in worldly circumstances, remember what the Lord has said…

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

His grace is sufficient for you who are tempted.

“God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor 10:13)

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

His grace is sufficient for you who are burdened with family troubles, afflictions, and worry.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all.” (Ps 34:18-19)

“My grace is sufficient for you.”

Our weakness, helplessness, and inability are the very things which draw forth the power, the strength, and the grace of Jesus!

“My power is made perfect in your weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

Believer, never forget the words:

“My grace is sufficient for you!”

The free, the matchless, sovereign grace of God, is sufficient for all His people whatever state, or stage, or trouble, or difficulty they may be in!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28)

“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in your weakness.”

4 Things Christians Should Do

In 1 Peter 2 believers in Christ are encouraged to live a good and godly life so that those who speak against God will, after seeing our conduct, turn to Him and give Him glory (2 Peter 2:12). Peter gives us four ways Christians are to relate to those around them.

“Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.” – 1 Peter 2:17

1) Honor All People – How Christians relate to the world

We are told to “honor all people”. This means to show proper respect towards our fellow man. We are not to honor a person’s wealth or standing. Instead we look past these superficial things and see individuals made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Individuals who have intrinsic value because the Father loves them, sent His Son to redeem them (Romans 5:8) and desires them to repent and be saved (Ezekiel 33:11).

Christians often struggle to properly relate to the world. We tend to either think too highly of ourselves and become like the Pharisees, looking down at those we don’t feel are as spiritual as us, or else we go to the other extreme and allow the world to influence our actions, hindering our relationship with Christ.

But we want to find a balance. Instead of looking down on people we remember that we are sinners saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8) and are to restore those who sin with a spirit of gentleness (Galatians 6:1). Instead of joining the world we remember that we are here to be a light for those who are lost (Matthew 5:16).

We honor people by being “kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10). We honor people by “letting nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind letting each esteem others better than himself, looking out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4). We honor people by being “clothed with humility” (1 Peter 5:5) using our God-given gifts to serve. And finally we honor people by telling them the reason for the hope within us which is Christ Jesus, our Lord.

2) Love The Brotherhood – How Christians relate to one another

To “love the brotherhood” means to love fellow believers in Christ. Those who believe in Christ, and trust Him as their Savior, make up the Church. The Church is made up of many members from varying backgrounds, yet is referred to in Scripture as being one body, with Christ being the head (Corinthians 12:12).

Here is another area where we often struggle to properly relate. Sometimes we reserved our love only for our little cliques made up of those who share our unique, nonessential doctrines or style of worship. Other times we accept poor and dangerous bible teaching in the name of unity.

We need to keep things in perspective. We are free to debate Christians who hold different views but when we do we need to remember the common ground we share in Christ and treat one other with the love and respect Christ has shown us.

On the other hand loving one another doesn’t mean that we lay aside discernment for the sake of getting along. We are told to “test all things and hold fast to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). There are issues that are essential to Christianity — who Jesus is, for example. If there is a difference in opinion here, then we correct those who err, and if they won’t heed correction then we need to part ways.

We love fellow believers by caring for them “fervently with a pure heart” (1 Peter 1:22), praying for them (James 5:16), correcting those who sin and bearing one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-2).

Jesus said that the world would know we follow Him because of the love we show to one another (John 13:35) and He prayed that the Church would be united just as He and the Father are united (John 17:21). To love fellow believers is to do nothing less than follow in the footsteps of Christ.

3) Fear God – How Christians relate to God

To “fear God” means to have a proper understanding of who He is, and where we stand in relation to Him.

God is the creator of all things (Genesis 1:1). Heaven is His throne and earth is His footstool (Matthew 5:34-35). He is holy and deserves to be worshiped (Psalms 99:9). He is “the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice, a God of truth and without injustice. Righteous and upright is He” (Deuteronomy 32:4).

When Job stood in His presence he realized he was unworthy and held his tongue. “Behold, I am vile. What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth” (Job 40:4). Isaiah reacted the same way when he saw God crying out “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips, for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:5)

The Lord is holy and we are not. The Lord is perfect and we are not. To understand this is to fear the Lord. This fear becomes a “fountain of life” that turns us away from the “snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27) when we come to God, not as one who relies on his own works or merit, but as one who recognizes he is simply a sinner in need of a Savior (Ephesians 2:8).

In love the Father answered our cry by sending His Son to be that Savior (John 3:16). Christ took the penalty of our sins to the cross and has reconciled us with the Father (Romans 5:10). We now relate to God through Christ who “is our righteousness” (Romans 3:22) and whose sacrifice allows us to become “children of God” (Galatians 3:26).

4) Honor The King – How Christians relate to authorities

To “honor the king” means to respect authority. We are told to be “subject to the governing authorities” because leaders are “appointed by God” (Romans 13:1) to minister to people (Romans 13:3-4) by keeping order. Obeying authority is pleasing to God.

Of course there have been evil governments throughout history and when a government commands people to do something contrary to Scripture we are to do what is “right in the sight of God” and “obey God rather than men” (Acts 4:16-18; 5:29).

The king is to be honored (Given the proper level of respect) but God is to be feared (Given the highest level of respect and worship). Jesus Christ is not a Republican nor is He a Democrat. He is the head of the Church (Col 1:18). He is the Shepherd and we are His sheep (John 10:11).

When Christ returns He will reign as King forever. There will not be any political parties there will only be those who bow to the King of kings and Lord of Lords.

Until then our convictions in political (and all other) matters should come as the result of holding up every issue before Scripture when we make any decisions (Psalm 119:105).

Then with light of His Word to guide our path, we are able to act in a manner worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27), and bring a living hope to a dying world.

7 Commands for Christian Living

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

In this passage Paul is summing up how the Christian should live. In seven verses he gives us seven commands for Christian living. Let’s go through them one by one.

1) Rejoice Always

In 1 Peter 1 we’re reminded to rejoice with “joy inexpressible” because we have a “living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”.

Even when we go through hardships we still rejoice because we’re focused on this hope. We rejoice in spite of the fact that the bank is about to foreclose, or the doctor has bad news, or whatever else comes our way. We rejoice because the source of our joy doesn’t come from our earthly circumstances, it comes from our heavenly standing. We rejoice always because we belong to Christ.

2) Pray Without Ceasing

If we’re always rejoicing, and always focused on our relationship with Christ, that will lead us to being continually in prayer.

To pray without ceasing doesn’t mean we’re to go on and on repeating the same words. Jesus told us not to do that in Matthew 6:7, “when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

To pray without ceasing means that there shouldn’t be a long gap in our prayer life. In other words, we shouldn’t just pray once in a while, we should pray all the time.

In Mathew 6:9-13 Jesus teaches us how to pray. We learn that it’s through prayer we praise God, make our requests known to Him, ask forgiveness for our sins and forgive sins done against us, and ask for His protection against evil.

Someone once described prayer as the breath of the Christian’s life. Just as we can’t live without breathing, the Christian life can’t be lived without praying. And just as we don’t wait a long while in between breathing we shouldn’t wait a long time in between praying.

3) In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

If we’re rejoicing in Him, and we’re constantly in prayer, the result will be a heart that gives thanks for all things.

Thankfulness is a characteristic of the Christian. A.J. Gossip once said that “thanksgiving is the language of heaven.” This is in contrast to the unbeliever who, we’re told in Romans 1:21, “neither glorify God nor give thanks to Him.”

We praise God from who all blessings flow. From who all things work together for the good of those who love Him. Who gives us beauty for ashes, whose strength is made perfect in our weakness.

We don’t always understand the reasons for our hardships but we’re promised that even though these things aren’t good, God will bring good out of it.

In John 16:21-22 Jesus was talking to the disciples about His death and resurrection. He told them that, “A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

In other words, “you won’t understand what’s happening now, and it will grieve you, but later you’ll understand and when you do you’ll have a joy no one will ever be able to take away from you.”

Now you’ll notice that Paul adds, “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” We always ask, “What’s God’s will for me?” Here’s our answer: rejoice always or always keep focused on your relationship with Christ, pray without ceasing or don’t go a long time in between praising God and seeking His blessings, and in everything gives thanks or be glad that even in bad times God is working in your life. If you’re doing these things then you’re doing the will of God.

4) Do not quench the Spirit.

John 16:8 tells us that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Romans 8:14 says the Spirit leads us. 1 Corinthians 2:12-16 tells us the Holy Spirit teaches us the spiritual things of God and us discernment.

So we shouldn’t quench or, as the NLT puts it, “stifle” the Holy Spirit as He works in our lives to make us more like Christ.

5) Do not despise prophecies.

In other words don’t reject the preaching, interpreting and applying of Scripture. Remember Acts chapter 8 where Philip meets the Ethiopian who’s reading Scripture? Philip asks him, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?”

God has given the Church teachers to help them understand the Bible. We should never reject good bible teaching.

6) Test all things; hold fast what is good.

Just because someone claims to be a bible teacher that doesn’t mean we’re to automatically accept their teaching.

Jesus warned us in Matthew 7:15 to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.” 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 warns us that “Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

False teachers present themselves to the Church as good teachers.

Charles Spurgeon gave good advice, “Do not believe all a man says because he is a clergyman, or eloquent, or learned, or even because he is kind and generous. Bring all to the bar of Holy Scripture, and if they cannot stand the test, do not receive them.”

Do not accept any teaching from anyone unless it lines up with Scripture.

7) Abstain from every form of evil.

If we’re holding all things up against Scripture then it’s inevitable that we’ll find teachings and actions that are unbiblical. When we find these things we’re to stay away from them.

If we do accept something unbiblical 1 John 1:9 tells us that “If we confess our sins, Christ is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

To sin is to go against God’s will and to be out of fellowship with Him. To abstain from sin is to draw closer to the Lord. Closer to the Lord is the place every should Christian want to be.