OceanSide church of Christ

Read devotionals for June 2022

July 1, 2022

John 15:17 – These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Thought: In the upper room, Jesus commanded His disciples more than once to love one another. Jesus was sending these men into a hostile world. They would need one another’s love and support as they sought to accomplish their mission. In addition, their love for one another would be a testimony to the world. Their love for one another would prove to the world that they were true disciples of Jesus Christ. Love one another. These were simple words with a powerful purpose.

I John 3:11

July 2, 2022

John 15:18, 19 – If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Thought: Jesus contrasts His followers and the world. He tells them: “…ye are not of the world.” The world is all those who reject God and engage in sinful lifestyles. The world does not love Jesus’ disciples. Instead, they hate them. This should not be surprising. Why? Because the world first hated Jesus. The life of the child of God not only stands in contrast to those in the world, it also condemns the world. It reminds the one in the world that his life is sinful and evil. Thus, he despises God’s chosen ones.

I John 4:4-5

July 3, 2022

John 15:20, 21 – Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

Thought: Jesus was always honest with His disciples. He did not hide the fact that they would face severe persecution because they were His disciples. He said they should expect it because “the servant is not greater than his lord.” The reason men would persecute the disciples was “because they know not him that sent me.” Many, like the Jews, thought they knew God, but they did not because they did not truly know His will. Fortunately, not all would reject the Christ or His apostles. A few honest hearts would keep their sayings.

Acts 4:27-30

July 4, 2022

John 15:22 – If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin; but now they have no cloak for their sin.

Thought: Jesus was not teaching that the Jews would have been completely sinless if He had not come and spoken to them. He had reference to a specific sin connected to His coming. The sin involved their rejection of Him as the Messiah. Had Jesus not come and spoken unto them, they would not have been guilty of that sin. But, since He had come and revealed God’s will to them, they had no cloak for their sin. The Jews had been exposed. Jesus’ teachings and works proved who He was. The Jews rejected Him. Thus, they sinned.

John 1:11

July 5, 2022

John 15:23 – He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

Thought: Some relationships that are so identical and so intimate that whatever is done to one is done to both. In John 10:10, Jesus said: “I and my Father are one.” In John 14, Jesus had taught that if anyone had seen Him they had seen the Father also. The Father and Jesus are both deity. Their minds and their unique characteristics are alike. Their relationship is completely unflawed. Thus, to love one is to love the other. Too, to hate one is to hate the other. Accepting one is accepting the other. The same is true of rejection.

I John 2:23