When they saw the boldness of Peter and John,[who] were uneducated and untrained men, . . . they realized that they had been with Jesus.- Acts 4:13, emphasis added
The transformation Christ brought about in the apostle John is remarkable. He manifested symptoms of intimate, personal exposure to Jesus, such as the following traits, which reflect the character of Christ. Ponder whether or not these traits are also in your life:
Authenticity: John became honest, genuine, wholesome, and real. From Scripture, it is easy to see that he really loved Jesus. In
Humility: John was no longer at the center of his own world; Christ was. That is the essence of humility. Thus, the apostle John became the "disciple whom Jesus loved." That precious description of John is found five times in the New Testament (
Loyalty: John always wanted to be wherever Jesus was. Nothing kept him away. It was a passion he had and kept. John was at the Transfiguration (
Responsibility: John earned Christ's trust by his obedience. If Jesus gave him a job, he did it wholeheartedly. He was disciplined to the point of being trustworthy. That is why we see the touching moment at the cross when Christ entrusted his mother, Mary, to John's care (
Tenacity: John was willing to endure to the end. Nothing could deflect him; he clung tenaciously to Christ. In
Make a choice to live in hope. You have a choice to live in despair or hope, so I pray that you will make the choice to live in hope! Get exposed to Christ today. Then live with the "symptoms of exposure to Him" flowing from your life. Read
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