Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Sunday, August 18, 2019

Theme: DEMANDS OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP

Text: “This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” – Titus 3:8.

Comment: Having been converted into the way of salvation, a true worshipper of God is expected to give himself to the doing of works of righteousness in His service.  James the Apostle admonished Christians to do good works to back up their faith. He wrote: “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” – James 2:14,21,22,26.

 

St. Paul admonished us on the criteria for knowing the things we should do as good works in God’s service when he said: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” – Philippians 4:8-9.

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