Devotionals-John Chapters 14,15

Devotionals-John Chapters 14,15

by Wyatt Fisher, Psy.D.

Scripture: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18, NIV).

 

Observation: Why did the world hate Jesus? One possible reason was because He called people on their sin, especially the Pharisees. In response to their sharp words, He continually pointed out the flaw in their ways. Also, He was hated for claiming He was the only path to salvation. People still today get offended when they hear Christians claim Jesus is the only path to God. This can sound very exclusionary and self-righteous  but we are only passing along the message from Him and trying to provide hope.

 

Application: The issue of pointing out other people’s sins is a tricky one. We are not God so I don’t believe it’s our role to point out other people’s sin. Instead, it’s our job to love others and let God take care of their sin. However, there’s a time and place for standing up for God’s principles in our culture. Also, there’s a time and place for pointing out sin in a person’s life who we are close with and concerned for yet it must be done from a spirit of love, compassion, and humility.

 

Prayer: Lord help us excel in loving others, not in pointing out their sin. When we feel prompted to point out sin with someone we love, help us do so with your gentleness and warmth

 

Scripture: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my father’s house are many rooms….I am going there to prepare a place for you….I will come back and take you to be with me…(John 14: 1-3, NIV).

 

Observation: This is Jesus speaking to His disciples after the Last Supper before His crucifixion. He could obviously tell His disciples were distraught over what was about to happen. He also seemed to be speaking these words of comfort for the future trials they would experience because of their faith in Him. His answer on how to respond to “being troubled” is trusting in Him.

 

Application: Believing and trusting in Jesus should be the primary way we walk through stress and trauma in our life. Trusting in Jesus implies He will help us through our current adversity and comfort us or perhaps He’ll intervene and resolve it. Moreover, He also speaks hope that if our adversity is severe and even brings death to trust in Him because He has a room prepared for us in heaven.

 

Prayer: Lord- what comforting words-we have nothing to fear- when adversity hits we are to trust in you to resolve it, comfort us through it, or if we lose our life remember you have a place waiting for us in heaven!

 

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Dr. Wyatt Fisher is a licensed psychologist in the state of Colorado, has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and specializes in marriage therapy. He blogs at /relationship/

 

 

 

What may God be saying to you through these devotions?

Comments (10)

thank you for sending me this,God bless you!!
By on September 21, 2014 @ 8:51am MT 90

Dr. WyattYou're very welcome....Blessings!
By Dr. Wyatt on September 21, 2014 @ 5:35pm MT

Dr Wyatt i really love your article,God bless you.
By on September 11, 2014 @ 4:12pm MT 90

Dr. WyattThank you so much Bernnie...God bless you too!
By Dr. Wyatt on September 11, 2014 @ 6:56pm MT

Dr Wyatt, your articles are really good and encouraging. Please keep it up, thanks and God bless you.
By on September 3, 2014 @ 3:57am MT 90

Dr. WyattThanks MeMe...I appreciate your encouragement!
By Dr. Wyatt on September 3, 2014 @ 5:28pm MT

The devotional gives strength to hold on to God in tones of adversity regardless of the situation that he will not leave alone.
By on September 3, 2014 @ 3:05am MT 90

Dr. WyattYes, adversity is a given but how we respond is up to us.
By Dr. Wyatt on September 3, 2014 @ 5:27pm MT

When I was little my grandma told me that if I ever got lost, I was to sit down and trust that someone would come and find me... no matter what was happening around me In life, i have found that trusting in God during times of turmoil is much like it was as a child. It doesn't help to get frantic or upset...trust in God like you are a child, take comfort in Him. Rest your weary head on your pillow and leave the turmoil in His loving hands. Goodnight and God bless:)
By on September 2, 2014 @ 11:47pm MT 90
Dr. WyattThanks Rebecca....what a great story to reflect the ideal approach now as well towards God. We are to rest in Him...may His perfect will be done!
By Dr. Wyatt on September 3, 2014 @ 12:06am MT

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