Proverbs 19 12-19-18

Is the future of our friends and family on our hearts and minds? Are we frustrated with how to share with them?

5 A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who pours out lies will not go free. Pr 19:5

We do not want to share wrong information with them, so let’s look at the Scriptures and see what it says about salvation:

3 In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

Jesus declared— that’s major! So, there is evidently something that has to be done in order to have salvation. Being born into a Christian home doesn’t cut it; being raised in church doesn’t either (it usually makes it worse!). We must be born again. How?

… 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

We find that we must do something in order to be saved. Is it works? No. Believing doesn’t count as a work. It’s the foundation for all we do. Jesus tells us in John 6:29 that the work God requires is for us to believe in the one He had sent. Why do some people believe and some don’t? Most of it lies in the following verses:

19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” Jn 3:3,16-21

Let’s pray that God will shine His light on our family and friends; pray that they will turn from their sin and believe.

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