Une Petite Fille - William Adolphe Bouguereau
Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not IN their sins, but FROM their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord.
Sometimes it seems that the American church’s highest value is what Francis Schaeffer called “personal peace and affluence.” We want to be accepted. We don’t want to be controversial. Above all, we don’t want to suffer. It is time for Christ-followers to stand up and say, “We must do what is right, regardless of the consequences.” “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” (Acts. 5:29).
My blogging friend, the sweet, tenderhearted Katy, shared these
quotes on her blog The Country Blossom.
I read them to my husband and he commented on the Act 5:29
verse saying that the thing with the apostles is that those who were
persecuting them took note that "they had been with Jesus." Then
he said "The problem with believers today is that "we haven't really
been with Jesus."
I thought that was very challenging, and true.
May you delight in being with Jesus today!