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Practicing Righteousness

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"We know that we are truly saved because we are practicing righteousness." (1 john 2:29, 3:10)

Discussion

Do you need peace of mind?

The visible proof of being a Christian is having right behavior. Faith always produces results. The spirit of God gives us a new mind, a new heart and a new life. That should reflect in all walks of our life. The true follower of Christ is the one who leads, not the one who preaches. To paraphrase liberally what Paul said would be, "If I'm a Preacher and can speak with the tongues of men and angels, but no life to witness, I'm nothing but crashing cymbals. And all my talks would be useless noise."

No one can give what he or she doesn't have. Gandhiji once said, "If the Christian would live their lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, there would be no more Hindus left in India." How apt are the words of Gandhi! Connect life with faith, and then everything will be in order. Love, peace and joy will blossom in our lives. Let us start with a small step and one simple life-changing act.

Sara and Mathew, both professionals and aged around 40 years, were regular Church goers and actively participated in all the church activities. They never thought about bringing any change to their character. They believed that church attendance was more than enough for this life, and life after. They did not feel guilty when they avoided payment of taxes from their business and highly paid jobs. They found a number of loopholes to cheat the government and did it. One day, they started to read and contemplate on the Bible. That changed their perception towards their lifestyle. They understood that by being a Christian and avoiding taxes was dichotomy and not a good act. Realizing their mistake, they are now paying their taxes correctly and regularly for the past two years. They say that they are now happy, prosperous, feel free and have peace of mind. What else do they need?

Our life should be our message. Living a double standard life is very ugly and horrible. That is a sign of sickness and one can never enjoy peace, love and joy of life, now or later. So let us start today to be true to our faith and enjoy the beauty of life.

Prayer

Jesus, we are your witnesses on this earth. Let us be genuine to our faith. Remove our ugly faces of unrighteousness. Bless us to enjoy the joy, peace, love and salvation that you brought to us by our faithfulness to your words. We ask this in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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