Bible Devotions

Opposites Attract

on April 8, 2008

You have no doubt heard the saying “opposites attract”, but I doubt you have heard it in this context before.

Throughout the New Testament we are taught by Jesus and his disciples to live differently.

  • Don’t hold grudges but forgive (Matthew 18:21)
  • Love your enemies (Matthew 5:42-44)
  • Believe without seeing (John 20:29)
  • Hate our life so we will live forever (John 12:25)
  • Give that we might receive (Acts 20:35)

When we do these things, it is opposite from what our culture and the people around us we do. Being different, we stand now like a city on a hill. We shine like a light that can’t be easily snuffed out. The more consistently we follow Christ and his examples, the more others are drawn to us to find out why. Then it’s our job to give them an answer for why we live as we do.

Jesus is compelling not just for His name but for His actions. He followed the will of His Father. He was obedient and even unto death. He served others rather than waiting to be served. He healed people. He gave His life so we could live. Likewise Christians ought to be compelling not for their namesake but for their actions done out of love for their mighty Savior.

Lord Jesus thank you for having a plan and inviting us to be part of that plan. Help us to live our lives pleasing to you. Enable us through our witness to the world to stand out for you, to be opposite of the world, to turn the world upside down for you Lord. In your precious name we pray Amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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