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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thursday's Word Diligent/Diligence by Brenda Smith

Thursday's Word

Word: Diligent/Diligence
Defined: Constant effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything.
Scripture:And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  (2 Peter 1:5; 2 Peter 3:14)
God’s coming day of judgment should motivate us to diligent persevere in our walk with God. This diligent perseverance rests on four things: the hope of His coming; the holiness necessary for a clear conscience; developing a heart for the lost; and laying hold help from the Scriptures. To be diligent implies giving our effort is “to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless.” In a nutshell, this means maintaining the holy or godly behavior that is needed to have a clear conscience. If our conscience bothers us because we know that we have disobeyed God, like Adam in the garden we will try to hide from God or avoid Him. We won’t be at peace with Him. The same is true in our relationships with others. If we have wronged someone, we don’t want to see him (or her). If we see him coming down the aisle at the market, we quickly turn and go the other way. Our conscience is not at peace because we have sinned. The only God-given way to recover is to confess our sin to God and to go to our brother or sister and ask for forgiveness for our wrong.
When the Lord returns, it will mean salvation not only for us, but also for all who have believed through our witness and through our efforts in world missions. Any discomfort that we have to endure through trials now will be more than worth it when we see in heaven those whom the Lord has saved because of our sacrifice. Think of your sacrifices as being paid as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay. I would say it is a privilege to serve the Lord and to be a witness of his goodness to others. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause and to cause the spirit to waver, and glory which shall hereafter be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice!
We need to make God’s focus our focus. He is denying Christ’s return because He is patiently waiting for the most to come to salvation.  –Amen and Amen.

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