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"Consider the Difference!"

August 1, 2003

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You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

People visiting other lands are usually impressed by the differences in life style.

As different as a foreign culture may be from our own, the difference between Christians and non-Christians is even greater. Saint Paul tells the Corinthians about a depraved lifestyle that includes immorality, idolatry, greed, theft, drunkenness, and the like. He adds, “And that is what some of you were” (1 Corinthians 6:11). But no longer! How did the change come about? The Holy Spirit had through the Gospel and the sacrament of Baptism brought them to faith in Jesus Christ.

Christ changes lives. “He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). We too were washed, sanctified, and justified. The lifestyle of the world is no longer for us, for we have become God’s children in Christ.

Whether we are at home or whether we travel abroad, it becomes us to be good examples of the Christian faith we profess.

PRAYER: Lord God, help us ever to be mindful of the fact that our lives have been renewed, for we have been washed, sanctified, and justified. Amen.

(Taken form “Our Journey with Jesus,” (out of print), copyright 1976, International Lutheran Laymen’s League.)

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 119:1-88    1 Thessalonians 5

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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