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Did you remember to read your Bible?

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: March 16

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Deuteronomy 28

Mark 15:27-47

Giving the best you have to Jesus

Giving as an Act of Worship

Small alabaster flask from 310-30 BC, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Between the accounts of the plan to arrest Jesus, Mark contrasts the betrayal and treachery of Judas and the religious leaders with the love and devotion of Mary demonstrated in a moment of giving Jesus the best that she had to offer. In doing so, it was an act of worship.

While Mark does not disclose the name of the woman who anointed Jesus with a very expensive oil, in John 12:2-3, John tells us the woman’s name is Mary of Bethany. She is the sister of Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-2). She is mentioned three times in the Gospels and each time we encounter her, she is at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42, John 11:31-32, John 12:1-8).

Here in Mark’s Gospel, we find that she breaks open an alabaster flask and pours the oil inside it over Jesus’ head.  Everything about this flask of oil is expensive. An alabaster flask was a long-necked perfume vase that was considered a luxury item. The oil inside was made of pure nard that came from the root of a plant that grew chiefly in India. In verse 5 of Mark 14, we learn that this bottle of oil could have been sold for 300 denarii, which equaled about a year’s wages. Most likely, for Mary, this alabaster flask was her most costly, valuable, and prized possession. So when she broke it and poured it over Jesus, she was giving the best she had. If you were giving your best to Jesus, what would it be?

How witnesses reacted to Mary giving the best she had

Mary didn’t just break open any bottle of oil to anoint Jesus. She broke the best of what she had – her most expensive possession. Some of the people that witnessed her heartfelt act of worship grumbled and complain about the waste. Perhaps it was out of personal guilt because they were not willing to give out of their best. Maybe it was out of jealousy that Mary had such a valuable possession and they felt she had wasted it. They understood she was giving the best she had, but they didn’t understand why such an act was her way of worshiping Jesus.

But Jesus commended Mary. In verse 6, Jesus replied to their grumbling and said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” Then in verses 8-9, He told them, “She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” And today we still read of her act of worship in the Bible.

Jesus always knows when we are giving the best of what we have and He also knows the motivation for it. Mary wasn’t seeking approval from the people, but rather she was worshipping her Savior. She was giving the best she had from a heart of worship, adoration, praise, and thanksgiving.

A poor woman who gave the best

Two mites: Two small copper coins worth about a penny.

Mary’s act was similar to the poor woman at the temple who gave two mites in the temple offering. The widow’s offering had very little value, but she was still giving the best she had. In fact, Jesus says that she gave all she had.

Mary’s offering was very expensive, the poor woman’s was worth very little. Yet, Jesus commended both equally, because both women gave the best of what they had to offer and they were giving the best out of their love for God and a heart of worship. What we offer to Jesus isn’t about the value of the item, but whether if it is the best of what we have to give Him and our motivation behind why we are giving it to Him.

A redeemed woman who gave the best

Over in Luke’s gospel, chapter 7, Luke tells about a woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. She too was giving the best of what she had — a heart of love for the One who redeemed her. When Simon, a Pharisee, complained, Jesus told a parable:

There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house and you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

See the full story in Luke 7:36-50

Being willing to give the best to Jesus

The more we realize the depth of our sin and the price Jesus paid, the more willing we are to give to Him from our best. When you are called to give, do you give of your best? Do you grumble or complain about the “waste” when others give something that is very costly? When you give of your time, talent, and money do you give just enough to feel like you met a requirement – or do you give your best – or even your all like the poor widow?

God, thank you for the many blessing you bestow on us every day. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Lord, when we give, may our hearts be full of gratitude and love for You out of thanksgiving for the price you paid for our sin and may we give our very best. 

#ReadYourBible #Deuteronomy #Mark #MaryofBethany #alabasteroil #anointingJesus

Note: The Alabaster image file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of their rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission


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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

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Giving the best you have to Jesus

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: March 16

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Deuteronomy 28

Mark 15:27-47

Giving the best you have to Jesus

Giving as an Act of Worship

Small alabaster flask from 310-30 BC, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Between the accounts of the plan to arrest Jesus, Mark contrasts the betrayal and treachery of Judas and the religious leaders with the love and devotion of Mary demonstrated in a moment of giving Jesus the best that she had to offer. In doing so, it was an act of worship.

While Mark does not disclose the name of the woman who anointed Jesus with a very expensive oil, in John 12:2-3, John tells us the woman’s name is Mary of Bethany. She is the sister of Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-2). She is mentioned three times in the Gospels and each time we encounter her, she is at the feet of Jesus (Luke 10:38-42, John 11:31-32, John 12:1-8).

Here in Mark’s Gospel, we find that she breaks open an alabaster flask and pours the oil inside it over Jesus’ head.  Everything about this flask of oil is expensive. An alabaster flask was a long-necked perfume vase that was considered a luxury item. The oil inside was made of pure nard that came from the root of a plant that grew chiefly in India. In verse 5 of Mark 14, we learn that this bottle of oil could have been sold for 300 denarii, which equaled about a year’s wages. Most likely, for Mary, this alabaster flask was her most costly, valuable, and prized possession. So when she broke it and poured it over Jesus, she was giving the best she had. If you were giving your best to Jesus, what would it be?

How witnesses reacted to Mary giving the best she had

Mary didn’t just break open any bottle of oil to anoint Jesus. She broke the best of what she had – her most expensive possession. Some of the people that witnessed her heartfelt act of worship grumbled and complain about the waste. Perhaps it was out of personal guilt because they were not willing to give out of their best. Maybe it was out of jealousy that Mary had such a valuable possession and they felt she had wasted it. They understood she was giving the best she had, but they didn’t understand why such an act was her way of worshiping Jesus.

But Jesus commended Mary. In verse 6, Jesus replied to their grumbling and said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” Then in verses 8-9, He told them, “She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” And today we still read of her act of worship in the Bible.

Jesus always knows when we are giving the best of what we have and He also knows the motivation for it. Mary wasn’t seeking approval from the people, but rather she was worshipping her Savior. She was giving the best she had from a heart of worship, adoration, praise, and thanksgiving.

A poor woman who gave the best

Two mites: Two small copper coins worth about a penny.

Mary’s act was similar to the poor woman at the temple who gave two mites in the temple offering. The widow’s offering had very little value, but she was still giving the best she had. In fact, Jesus says that she gave all she had.

Mary’s offering was very expensive, the poor woman’s was worth very little. Yet, Jesus commended both equally, because both women gave the best of what they had to offer and they were giving the best out of their love for God and a heart of worship. What we offer to Jesus isn’t about the value of the item, but whether if it is the best of what we have to give Him and our motivation behind why we are giving it to Him.

A redeemed woman who gave the best

Over in Luke’s gospel, chapter 7, Luke tells about a woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and dries them with her hair. She too was giving the best of what she had — a heart of love for the One who redeemed her. When Simon, a Pharisee, complained, Jesus told a parable:

There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”

Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”

And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.” Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house and you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

See the full story in Luke 7:36-50

Being willing to give the best to Jesus

The more we realize the depth of our sin and the price Jesus paid, the more willing we are to give to Him from our best. When you are called to give, do you give of your best? Do you grumble or complain about the “waste” when others give something that is very costly? When you give of your time, talent, and money do you give just enough to feel like you met a requirement – or do you give your best – or even your all like the poor widow?

God, thank you for the many blessing you bestow on us every day. Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Lord, when we give, may our hearts be full of gratitude and love for You out of thanksgiving for the price you paid for our sin and may we give our very best. 

#ReadYourBible #Deuteronomy #Mark #MaryofBethany #alabasteroil #anointingJesus

Note: The Alabaster image file is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of their rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law. You can copy, modify, distribute, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission


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Week 11: March 14-20, 2022


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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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Did you remember to read your Bible?

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: March 15

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Deuteronomy 26-27

Mark 15:1-26

Caring for the Poor

For many of us, God has blessed us with homes, food, electricity, running water, incomes, and all the basic necessities of life. Some have just enough to get by until next payday while others have more than they know what to do with. Many of us look in a closet full of clothes and complain that we have nothing to wear or we look in a fully stocked pantry or refrigerator and complain that there is nothing to eat. Yet, we walk by the poor or homeless without even seeing them…or at least pretending not to see them. But we have a God-given mandate for caring for the poor.

God uses us to be a blessing as we are caring for the poor

God wants to bless them too…and He may be bringing that blessing through you. Is it true that if you give them money they will just by liquor or drugs? Perhaps for some, but not all. However, God doesn’t ask us to scrutinize how they spend what we give. He just commands us to give…and to give willingly with a joyful heart, not a judging heart. All we are responsible for is following what God commands us to do – give to the poor. It is their responsibility to God for what they do with what is given to them.

However, you don’t have to give them money. You can buy them a meal or pay their electric bill directly to the electric company. You could rent them a room on a night where it is cold outside. Or you could give them a coat or pair of shoes. There are many ways to be a blessing to the poor.

Caring for the poor means giving whatever they need.

In Deuteronomy 15:7-8, God also says to give the poor whatever they need. If that’s food, give some food. You could consider packing MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) in shoe boxes and keeping a few on hand. These could contain non-perishable items that would give someone a full meal – things like an individualized size of cereal, non perishable milk, a can of Vienna sausages or other canned meat, a pack of crackers, a protein bar, a bag of chips, a bottle of water, and a small package of cookies.

Maybe the person in need has a home, but they need groceries. Purchase the groceries for them and take them to them. Or maybe their need is help with the lawn. Make it a family project to go over and take care of the yards for them on a Saturday. Maybe they need a home repair and you have the skill to make the repair. Maybe their children need clothes. You could get your church involved to collect gently used clothing in the right sizes and take them to the family. Maybe it’s a child struggling in school in an area that you are gifted. You could offer free tutoring. God’s command is to give whatever they need.

Don’t be blind to those who have needs

People all around us have needs, not just the poor. It could a family member, a coworker, a stranger, or a homeless person. We can either shut our hands towards them by pretending to be blind and ignore them or we can open our hands wide as we choose to be the hands of feet of Jesus and meet their need. If God has drawn your attention to the need, then He’s probably calling you to meet the need. Commit this week to look for the needs that others have and allow the Holy Spirit to help you find ways to meet those needs. You never know – you just might be the answer to that person’s prayer that day.

God, forgive us for ignoring the needs of others. Forgive us for hardened hearts and closed eyes to those in need. Give us eyes to see opportunities to help others out of the blessings with which you have blessed us. 

#ReadYourBible #Deuteronomy #Mark #poor #giving #caringforthepoor


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Week 11: March 14-20, 2022


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God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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 Join the community of couples on Facebook who are committed to intentionally growing their marriage and learning how to have a marriage that honors God. Here you can post photos of the different activities as you do them, ask questions of other couples, share how God is using this book to strengthen your marriage, and grow with other Christian couples. We’ll see you in the community.


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Caring for the Poor

One Year Bible Reading Plan and Devotional

Today’s Bible Reading: March 15

Download the full one-year Bible reading plan here:

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Deuteronomy 26-27

Mark 15:1-26

Caring for the Poor

For many of us, God has blessed us with homes, food, electricity, running water, incomes, and all the basic necessities of life. Some have just enough to get by until next payday while others have more than they know what to do with. Many of us look in a closet full of clothes and complain that we have nothing to wear or we look in a fully stocked pantry or refrigerator and complain that there is nothing to eat. Yet, we walk by the poor or homeless without even seeing them…or at least pretending not to see them. But we have a God-given mandate for caring for the poor.

God uses us to be a blessing as we are caring for the poor

God wants to bless them too…and He may be bringing that blessing through you. Is it true that if you give them money they will just by liquor or drugs? Perhaps for some, but not all. However, God doesn’t ask us to scrutinize how they spend what we give. He just commands us to give…and to give willingly with a joyful heart, not a judging heart. All we are responsible for is following what God commands us to do – give to the poor. It is their responsibility to God for what they do with what is given to them.

However, you don’t have to give them money. You can buy them a meal or pay their electric bill directly to the electric company. You could rent them a room on a night where it is cold outside. Or you could give them a coat or pair of shoes. There are many ways to be a blessing to the poor.

Caring for the poor means giving whatever they need.

In Deuteronomy 15:7-8, God also says to give the poor whatever they need. If that’s food, give some food. You could consider packing MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) in shoe boxes and keeping a few on hand. These could contain non-perishable items that would give someone a full meal – things like an individualized size of cereal, non perishable milk, a can of Vienna sausages or other canned meat, a pack of crackers, a protein bar, a bag of chips, a bottle of water, and a small package of cookies.

Maybe the person in need has a home, but they need groceries. Purchase the groceries for them and take them to them. Or maybe their need is help with the lawn. Make it a family project to go over and take care of the yards for them on a Saturday. Maybe they need a home repair and you have the skill to make the repair. Maybe their children need clothes. You could get your church involved to collect gently used clothing in the right sizes and take them to the family. Maybe it’s a child struggling in school in an area that you are gifted. You could offer free tutoring. God’s command is to give whatever they need.

Don’t be blind to those who have needs

People all around us have needs, not just the poor. It could a family member, a coworker, a stranger, or a homeless person. We can either shut our hands towards them by pretending to be blind and ignore them or we can open our hands wide as we choose to be the hands of feet of Jesus and meet their need. If God has drawn your attention to the need, then He’s probably calling you to meet the need. Commit this week to look for the needs that others have and allow the Holy Spirit to help you find ways to meet those needs. You never know – you just might be the answer to that person’s prayer that day.

God, forgive us for ignoring the needs of others. Forgive us for hardened hearts and closed eyes to those in need. Give us eyes to see opportunities to help others out of the blessings with which you have blessed us. 

#ReadYourBible #Deuteronomy #Mark #poor #giving #caringforthepoor


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Week 11: March 14-20, 2022


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Tee of the week: Philippians 4:13

We all need to be reminded that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”


Visit our YouTube Channels for Christian playlists and our short animated devotionals.

Animated Devotionals

Contemporary Christian Music Playlist

Southern Gospel Playlist

Just Hymns


God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars

by Julia M. Bruce

What’s Inside God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars?

This book includes 365 daily activities and takes you on a guided journey through Biblical principles about Godly marriage that you can then apply to your marriage, as well as helping you talk through concepts that can help you develop a solid relationship. Inside you will find simple, quick activities that include:

  • Scripture to memorize and meditate on
  • Conversation Starters
    • Concepts from the Bible on Godly marriages
    • Romance Builders
    • Relationship Builders
    • Personal reflections
    • Date ideas
    • Group date ideas for you and other Christian couples

Available in hardback, paperback and ebook from Westbow Press Bookstore, Christian Book Distributors, Amazon, and Barnes & Nobel. Click the icons below to purchase from your preferred bookstore. Now also available at WalMart online.

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Be Holy, for I am Holy

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Today’s Bible Reading: February 14

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Leviticus 18-19

Matthew 27:32-66

Be Holy, for I Am Holy

Holy is God’s Nature

The word “holy” means “exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.” To be holy refers to a state of being set apart from defilement. The Hebrew word translated “holy” comes from a term meaning “separate.” Thus, what is holy is separated from common use, or held sacred, especially by virtue of its being clean and pure.

God is holy to the supreme degree. The Bible says: “There is no one holy like Jehovah.” (1 Samuel 2:2) Holiness is the foundation of all other aspects of God’s character. Holy is who God is! Revelation 15:4 says of God, “You alone are holy.” The four living creatures sing to God day and night, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8).

Not only is God holy, but we are to be holy, too. He expects us to be “set apart” from the world. We are to be different from the world. And here in the book of Leviticus, we find for the third time, God telling his people to “Be holy, because I am holy.” The other two times are in Leviticus 11:44 and 45. God knows us, humans, pretty well – after all, He created us. He knows we have to hear things multiple times for it to sink in and finally “get it.” So let’s look at one aspect of being holy – reflecting the nature and characteristics of God.

My Mini-Me

When people look at my daughter, they know she is mine. She is made in my image. She’s my mini-me. When you look at her, she reflects me. You can see she gets some attributes from her dad, but mostly, she’s a younger version of me. We have a picture of us side by side at the same age and the only way you can tell us apart is by the fashion differences from when I was that age. Our hair was even combed the same way. We do have some differences – she is shorter than me, but we look very much alike.

Created In God’s Image but Sin Damages Our Image

When God created us, He created us in His image and likeness. Therefore, we should reflect every aspect of who He is, including His holiness, because His image is stamped and engraved in us. However, when sin entered the world, our relationship with God became broken and the image we reflect is far from holy.

Jesus said in John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” If Satan is our father, then we reflect him, rather than God. Additionally, by giving in to sin and obeying the Devil, we become his slave. Paul tells us in Romans 6:16, “don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness”

The simple truth is we either reflect the image of God or the image of Satan. We cannot reflect both. Luke 16:13 tells us that no one can serve two masters. Neither can someone have two fathers. Either God is our father and we reflect His image, or Satan is our Father and we reflect his.

Because God is holy, He hates sin

God hates sin because it is the very opposite of His holiness. In Psalm 5:4, we find: “For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness; no evil dwells with You.” The Bible tells us how God feels about sin using words such as hostility, disgust, and utter dislike. For example, sin is described as putrefying sores in Isaiah 1:6. Psalm 38:4 tells us sin is a heavy burden. From Titus 1:15 and 2 Corinthians 7:1, sin is described as defiling filth, From Matthew 6:12-15, sin is a binding debt. 1 John 1:6 describes sin as darkness. And the prophet Isaiah describes sin as a scarlet stain in Isaiah 1:18.

God hates sin for the simple reason that sin separates us from Him: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). It was sin that caused Adam and Eve to run away from God and hide “among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8). Sin always brings separation, and the fact that God hates sin means that He hates being separated from us.

God hates sin because it entices us to focus on worldly pleasure rather than God’s blessings. He hates sin because it blinds us to the truth (Matthew 5:14). He hates sin because it it enslaves us and will eventually destroy us – not only in this life, but for eternity (Romans 6:16). God hates sin because it lessens our love for Him (1 John 2:15-16). He hates sin because it makes us his enemy (James 4:4).

God Expects us to Reflect Him and be Holy

As believers, we should hate sin as does God. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 says we are “sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.” We must recognize that God has set us apart; we are “a holy nation, a people belonging to God” (1 Peter 2:9). Therefore, as His children, the world should see Him in us because His Holy Spirit dwells within us.

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.” (John 8:12) But then in Matthew 5:14, Jesus also says, “You are the light of the world.” We can only be the light of the world when the Light (Jesus) is in our hearts. In a world that is dark with sin, the Light of Jesus should shine through us so that the world can see Him in us. As His children, we should look like Him. We should reflect the holiness of God. How else will the world come to know Him? The world should be able to look at us and then say, “Yup! She’s part of the family of God!”

As God’s Image-barers, we should be Holy

In Leviticus 19:2 God instructs Moses to tell the Children of Israel to be holy because God is holy. That applies to us today as well. Our words should be holy. Our actions should be holy. And our thoughts should be holy. The way we live should be holy. We should be reflecting God in everything we think, say, or do.  Because God is merciful, forgiving, grace, truthful, keeps his promises, righteous, just, and faithful, so should we. Because He is unconditional and unfailing in how He loves us, so we should be in how we love others. As beings created in His image, we should reflect these attributes in our everyday lives.

Colossians 3:10 says, “And having put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.” And in Ephesians 4:24, Paul wrote, “And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

In Proverbs 27:19, Solomon wrote, “As water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person.” Whatever is in our heart is what is reflected in our lives. Is your heart reflecting the glory of God and His attributes and characteristics? Does a lost world see Jesus in you?

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