Friday, January 4, 2019

"Red-Letter" Words/Day 1 - A Man is Only as Good as His Word

A Man is Only as Good as His Word
The “Red-Letter” Words of Jesus
Day One

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

I invite you to join me in studying Jesus’ words. More precisely, His “red-letter words” recorded in the Bible from the book of John (using the New King James Version). Words that not only impacted people during His time on earth, but words that are alive and active today.

The disease of alcoholism plagued my father a good portion of his life. Thankfully, a couple years before he died, he committed his life to Christ. Even though his life was marred by alcohol, he had one strong character trait which defined him. He meant what he said. Numerous times I heard him say, “A man is only as good as his word.” I don’t ever recall a time, with the exception of his promise to quit drinking, where he didn’t honor his word. If he said it, then it was so.

Perhaps my father is a poor comparison to the Son of God, although the fact is he did place great value in what he said. As we look at Jesus’ words, we can be assured He meant what He said and He said what He meant. He never wavered. He never second-guessed Himself. He impacted society and changed lives by the truth in what He spoke. Even now, His living and powerful words define His character and transform lives.

However, before we look at His red-letter words, let’s take a closer look at the Word, Jesus.

Dear Father, thank You that Your Son’s words are true, alive and powerful. They carry as much authority now as when they were first spoken. Thank you for the Word who is Jesus. In His name, Amen.

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