I went to church today and it was my last Sunday School class on Hebrews. It was such an awesome time to be able to study the Word together! A section of our Bible Study and teaching time was on Hebrews 13:1-7. This section talks about having a faith that produces and what is expected to be results of our faith. (being one who has placed their complete trust in the person of Jesus Christ)
Faith in Christ is expected to be shown through various ways-maybe it is better described as a call to Christian living
Hebrews 13:1 "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.
OUR FAITH IN JESUS SHOULD RESULT IN GENUINE CONTINUAL LOVE FOR OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.
Hebrews 13:2 "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."
OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST SHOULD RESULT IN HOSPITALITY AND CARE FOR STRANGERS---SEEING A NEED AND BEING WILLING TO TAKE CARE OF IT
Hebrews 13:3 "Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."
OUR FAITH IN JESUS SHOULD RESULT IN EMPATHY AND CARE FOR PRISONERS THAT ARE ILL-TREATED ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT ARE BELIEVERS PERSECUTED FOR THEIR FAITH.
Hebrews 13:4 "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."
OUR FAITH IN JESUS SHOULD PRODUCE AN HONORING AND PROTECTING VIEW OF MARRIAGE AS GOD DEFINES IT AND CONDUCT THAT IS LIKEWISE.
Hebrews 13:5-6 "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
OUR FAITH IN JESUS SHOULD PRODUCE THE RESULT OF HAVING A CHARACTER FREE FROM THE LOVE OF MONEY AND NOT SIMPLY MAKING DECISIONS BASED UPON THE FINANCIAL RESULT. WE ARE CONTENT TRUSTING IN GOD'S CARE AND PROVISION FOR US.
We also discussed in class how there are other things that can go along with or be tied in with money such as power, control. material possessions, and other things that can be good gifts from God that we could easily allow to "get in the way" of having God first or obeying Him.
Hebrews 13:7 "Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith."
OUR FAITH IN CHRIST SHOULD PRODUCE VISIBLE DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE FACT THAT WE BELONG TO HIM.
None of us has perfectly arrived in all of these areas but God is working in us to make us more like Him day by day!