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A Quote to Ponder: We Are First Fruits

{Colossians 1:9-10; NLT}
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

You are called to be part of the first fruits, even if the total harvest has not yet come.  You are to love your neighbor as yourself.  Ask God to fill your heart with a love for every soul so you will be ready to lay down your life for His sake.  Ask that your soul will continually overflow with love, a love which swallows up every kind and every degree of unholy temper. Receive this merciful love now, until He calls you up into the Heaven of love, to reign with Him through eternity.

John Wesley, The Sermon on the Mount, p. 100

Questions to consider:

  • What responsibility do we have as “first fruits”?
  • How can we grow in love and overcome sin?
  • Why is it important that we continue to grow?

A Quote to Ponder: Obstructing Holiness

{2 Timothy 1:9; NLT}

 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.

We love God in proportion to the strength and clearness of our conviction that He has loved us and accepted us in His Son.  Unless we love God, it is not possible to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Neither can we have any right affections either toward God or man.  It evidently follows that whatever weakens our faith must, in the same degree, obstruct our holiness.  This is not only the most effectual, but also the quickest, way of destroying our holiness.  This does not affect any one Christian temper or any single fruit or grace of the Spirit, but so far as it succeeds, tears out the very root of the whole work of God.

John Wesley, The Sermon on the Mount, p. 52

Questions to Consider:

  • Is it true that unless we love God we cannot really love our neighbor?
  • What is the connection between our faith and our holiness?
  • How does knowing God loves us strengthen our faith and our holiness?

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