Ask Good Questions.
1 John 2:3-6
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we obey his commandments. 4 Whoever says "I know him" but does not obey his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever obeys his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Many people claim to be Christians. Some are deceived and are on the broad road that leads to destruction. No person can know another person’s heart, but a person can ask an insightful question to help a deceived person know the truth.
The Apostle Paul asked each person in the Corinthian local church to examine themselves and to test themselves to determine if they were truly a Christian or if they were Christian in name only. The test is this: “Do I have a desire to obey the Lord’s commands?” The Apostle James instructs us that faith without obedience to God’s will is dead. Faith that saves us from sin’s penalty and power is characterized by obedience.
When a person repents of his sin and believes the gospel, the Holy Spirit of promise begins to dwell in Him. Ezekiel 36:27 instructs us the Holy Spirit will move us to obey the Lord. True Christians gain a desire to obey the Lord. When they disobey, they are grieved, repent and confess their sin to the Lord. They receive His forgiveness and are cleansed from all unrighteousness. Then they begin again to obey His commands by faith.
Many people who claim to be Christians do not desire to obey the Lord and conform to the ways of this present evil age. People who truly desire to obey Jesus Christ are to follow Paul’s example and challenge those who call themselves “Christians” to test themselves and see if they have a saving faith.
I like to ask, "What is the most loving thing I can do for this person in this circumstance?" It is loving to 'challenge' or 'lovingly confront' someone to ensure they are saved. Do you believe this is a good thing to do? A loving thing to do? I know this is a very hard thing to do. Sadly, many times it is done without love.
May you love people enough to confront sin and ask good questions.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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