Practicing what we preach

RE Verse reading–Matthew 23 (day five)  “Do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (vs 3)  It will change the tone and the content of our message.  It will humble us and make us more compassionate, more desperate for the Holy Spirit’s power.  Almost nothing will be more beneficial to the kingdom.  We should do what we say others ought to.  Before we lead we should follow.  Whether the subject is forgiveness, or prayer for our enemies, or observing the Sabbath, before we speak (and after) we should ask ourselves, “Am I doing this?”  I think it was Clyde Narramore who paraphrased Proverbs 22:6 with these words, “raise up a child in the way he should go, and every once in a while go there yourself!”  The words of Christ remind us of the critical value of integrity and humility.  Our lives are not equal to the message, but before we preach we should practice.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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  1. Feb. 23
    Don I went back and read this and was reminded of something you said in your sermon on the Sunday, 19th. My notes say from what I heard you say (my disclaimer if I quote you wrong!) If most everyone else fails in their relationship with God we can still do it. We can continue to grow and be righteous in God’s sight. Don’t let others failure become my excuse! Help me to hear the call and press forward! God is calling a nation by healing one heart at a time.
    Thank you dear pastor for those powerful and encouraging words!

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