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 http://www.christiancrush.com/relationship/
What may God be saying to you through these devotions?