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How About Some Proof?


"Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thess. 5:21)

Teaching science for many years, proof was an important thing. There were things called theories and things called facts. The difference between the two lied in the proof. A scientific fact had been proven beyond dispute, while a theory was just that....A theory. In many aspects of our lives we look for proof before we step forward. I would like to take a look at some "proofs" in the Christian life today.

"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourself. Do you not realize that Christ is in you?----Unless of course you fail the test" (2 Cor. 13:5). This verse says that we should prove ourselves. Prove and test ourselves to make sure that we are "in the faith." Because we have taken Christ into our lives, we must live a life worthy of Him. We need to constantly look at our lives in the light of God's Word, to prove ourselves faithful.

"Therefore show these men the proof of your love and the reason for our pride on you" (2 Cor.8:24). We are to show the proof of our love. We need to take a look at 1 Corinthians 13 from time to time to see how love behaves. Is our love patient? Is it kind? Are we sure that it does not envy, boast, easily anger, or seek only self? Does our love keep records of wrongs done to us? It should always protect, trust, hope and persevere.

Jesus said, "If anyone believes in me, he will obey my teaching" (Jn.14:23) Love needs to be proven.

Paul wrote, "Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is---His good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12:2). We are to prove what is the good and perfect will of our God. We do this by giving heed to the preceding verse. We cannot be conformed to this world. Instead we need to be "transformed by the renewing of your minds." It is then that we can see whether we are different than the world. That our standards are those approved by our Lord and we are willing to follow them.

"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else" (Gal. 6:4). We must "measure up" to comparison. Not comparison to others, but to the words and examples of Christ. We have reason to rejoice when we are striving to meet Jesus' standards. As we do this, we will be carrying not only our own load but helping with the loads of others.

The most famous line from the movie "A Few Good Men" was uttered by Jack Nicholson when he said, "You can't handle the truth!" Well guess what? We have the truth and CAN handle it! In it we are able to prove all things...

Have a great start to your week....Go about doing good... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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