They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. Titus 1:16
People will often claim many different things. They will have claims on what they believe or don’t believe. However, actions often show what they truly believe.
It is easy for a person to claim to believe something, but it is much more difficult to prove that believe by actions. Actions will always expose what is in the heart of a person. It often overrides what is being claimed.
As Paul talks to Timothy, he points out a group of people that claim to know God, but really deny Him by their actions. Everything they do is wrong.
In every church the majority of people will openly proclaim that they believe in God. At the same time, many of those same people will live sinful lives just as openly as they claim in church to believe in God.
They will disobey God’s commands without regret. They will participate in sinful activities of the world without repentance. They refuse to repent and live holy lives unto God and before the world.
It is common to hear of unbelievers refusing to go to church because of the hypocrisy in the the church. While it is true that every believer still sins, one should be repentant and strive to change, not purposefully continue to live in a sinful way.
When one chooses to purposefully live in sin, they are unfit for doing anything good and are detestable in the eyes of God.
God has called every believer to live a holy, pure life before Him and the world. Living the life God has called one to live will show up in his actions that everyone can see. Holy actions will show that one actually does know who God is.
If someone was to watch your life and see your actions, what will those actions tell about your knowledge of God? Every action that you do reveals what is in your heart and who you know and are following.
Actions that are pure and holy reveal that you do actually know and follow God. Actions that are sinful and of this world, reveal that you really don’t know God and are not actually following God.
Each day your actions should match what you believe and who you know and follow. What are they saying today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live the holy life God has called you to live; that you will obey God’s commands for your life; and that the world will know by your actions that you know God.
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
For a person to really understand and know a person, one must have knowledge about that person. One can get to know a person in how he thinks, acts and responds to different situations. The more of these things a person knows, the better he knows a person.
No matter how long one knows a person, there is usually some new things to still be learned. Along with all the new learning, people will often change over time, causing re-learning to occur.
Paul is wanting the people to really know the love of God. The purpose of knowing His love is so that they may be filled with all of God.
It is easy for people to claim that they know God. Often all this means is that they know about God or know just a small amount about God.
Since God is infinitely big and eternal, one cannot know absolutely everything about God. The one thing that a person must know about God, that most encompasses who He is, is to really know His love.
Since God is love, it is what most defines who God is and what His character is.
One must stop and think about how great His love is. God created man as perfect, in a perfect world, and yet man chose to disobey Him and sin against Him. Although man chose to sin against Him, God still loves mankind.
His love for man is so great that He made a way to redeem him and give him back the eternal initially intended for him. When a person can fully understand this great love, he will be filled with all of who God is.
Take a moment to realize how much God loves you. Think about how many times you have sinned against God.
Now realize that for every time you sinned against Him, you deserved eternal punishment and death. Yet, God did not destroy you, but made a way for you to be forgiven and given eternal life. And not only does God love you this way, He also loves everyone else this same way.
When you begin to realize a small portion of this great and endless love of God, you will be filled with who God is. Your life will be transformed by His great love for you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s great love for you and this world; that you will be filled with God’s love; that you will be changed by God’s love; and that you will be filled with all of whom God is.