Christians Live Their Lives By A List Of “Dos And Don’ts”
March 11, 2016

Matthew 22:37, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

1 Peter 2:12, Live such good lives among the others that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.

Recently, I read an article listing five reasons why people do not like Christians. If you missed the first four reasons, you can find them on my daily blog @ www.johnmarkcaton.com. The final reason Christians are unlike is because they live their lives by a list of “dos and don’ts!” There is some truth to that statement, but to be honest every one of us live our life with a personal set of “dos and don’ts.” Rules are not unique to Christians. The Bible does give us several list of don’ts, and for the Christian when the Bible says don’t, we shouldn’t.

However, for every list of “don’ts” we see in the Bible, it also gives us a pretty good list of dos! Those things every Christian should do. Peter said this in 1 Peter 2:12, “Live such good lives among the others that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God.” Did you get that? Christians should live such good lives that people give glory to God. Now that is a do! In Matthew 22:37, Jesus gave us two other dos. Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

So, put away your big list of don’ts today, and make sure you do those two things: Love God and Love Others! Who knows, you might just change someone’s negative opinions of Christians to a positive opinion which just might change someone’s closed heart to Christ to an open door of salvation.

Think about that…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D