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March / April 2019

How are you sacrificially living for Jesus Christ? What are some “acceptable” things that you could do, but
you refrain from doing, because it does not show Christ? Jesus died for us and cleansed us from our sins. He rose again, conquering the last enemy— death. Since He did this for you, how are you living sacrificially in response?

For example, it is legally permissible for you to smoke, apart from the health concerns. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you give up smoking because this is not being a good steward of the body that God has given to you. It may be socially acceptable for you to use certain “cuss” words, but you give that up because it is not a good reflection of the Holy Spirit that lives within you. It may feel good to hold a grudge, but you realize, as a believer in Jesus Christ, you are called to forgive 70 x 7 times.

This means letting go and not allowing the spirit of bitterness build up with in you. How do you answer the question? What is the motive behind your sacrificial living? Do you live to please God, or yourself—maybe both?

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