Living Word Devotional – Image copyright Lincoln Rogers. All rights reserved.

It seems like traditional, conservative Christianity today receives a lot of bad press. Are there people who say they are Christians but then don’t follow what the bible says? Yep. But that doesn’t negate the bible. At least not for me.

The bible is filled with references like the one in the photo above, about pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace. It also states Jesus said (in Matthew 22) the greatest commandment was “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Another reference I love is where it says in Galatians chapter 5 that “the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Seriously, who wouldn’t want to be around people who display those characteristics?

I could go on and on with biblical passages like these. The problem isn’t with the bible or with Jesus Christ. The problem is with people who call themselves Christians, who claim to follow Jesus Christ, but don’t follow what the bible teaches. With people who are more interested in telling others what they are doing wrong than in examining with humility their own relationship with Christ and how far they fall short.

So pursue the good stuff, which the bible says is righteousness, faith, love and peace, all in the context of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In my experience, it is what makes a life worth living.