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Have we repented of our past and become new creations in Christ? Then may our behaviour indicate that we now belong to the Saviour. John the Baptist states the actions that reflect we are followers of Christ. We are to consider the needs of others by sharing generously (verse 11); we are to be content with what we have rather than being greedy for gain (verse 13); we are, to be honest, displaying integrity in all our dealings (verse 13) and we are to treat others fairly, in the same way, we would want others to treat us (verse 14).
Yet this behaviour can’t be done in our own strength. We may be willing, we have such good intentions, but on our own, we will not succeed. However, the Holy Spirit empowers, enables and equips us for a new way of living with each other. The Spirit urges and reveals how we can have a genuine love for one another.
John’s words can be a reality lived out amongst our friends, family and the wider community as we earnestly seek the guidance of the indwelling Spirit. The Spirit’s enduring presence means we have all power and knowledge and guarantees that we can do all things that bring praise and honour to our Heavenly Father.
‘Father thank you that you abide with me. Holy Spirit change my heart. Give me a deep love for others so that I might use the newfound freedom I have in Christ, not for self-indulgence or gain, but to serve others in love, considering how to be generous, truthful and fair towards those I meet today.’
by Jennifer Woodley
South-East Queensland, Australia - firstname.lastname@example.org
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