The Fruit of Knowing and Doing

It’s what you know in life that ultimately counts for your life.

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 John 13:17 – If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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While our Text for Today was a statement made by our Lord at a specific point in time about a specific issue, in this case, washing the feet of the saints, the truth of this statement is found throughout the Scriptures, and is one we should, as the Church, learn and apply to our daily lives.  Take one more look at the Text for Today.  “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”  The two words that are key in this discussion are “know” and “do.”

James wrote the words, “Count it all joy, knowing…”  He was writing specifically about the knowledge that “the trying of your faith works patience,” but the outcome of that is victory.  The principle of joy arising from knowledge, however, is not limited to faith and patience.  Anytime one knows the right thing at the right time and applies it in the right way, the outcome is likely quite beneficial to the one who knows.  In that there is joy, a portion of the fruit of the spirit, and therefore not emotion based.  So, in the case of our Text for Today, the joy of knowing that which Jesus taught here produces strength.  Always remember that “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  And that fruit of joy produces the spiritual strength one needs to press through any opposition to carry out the doing of what the Word has said.

And therein lies the greatest source of happiness one can have, that is the happiness that results from obedience to the Word of God.  Keep in mind that according to the Word of God, the “love of God” is properly defined as “keeping His Commandments.”  And when one walks in, and even better, lives in the love of God, you can count on happiness being one of the results.  But keep in mind here that happiness is not a spiritual force; it is an emotion.  Consider the word “happy.”  It is directly related to the word “happen.”  Happiness is based on circumstances.  When circumstances are right, one is happy.  So, lasting happiness must rest on stable circumstances.  Living in a world in which change is so rapid and drastic, happiness becomes a fleeting thing, unless one lives in a place from which one can mold circum-stances.  That can consistently happen from only one place, and that is when one lives by faith.  To live by faith, grow in the Word.  To walk in love, do the Word.  When attacks come, let joy arise because you KNOW the Word works.  When joy arises, strength to do the Word in the face of opposition rises.  And  when one does the Word, one of the ultimate results (rewards) is happiness.  Now, KNOWING THIS, follow it to its conclusion, and BE HAPPY! 

Manna for Today – John 13:1-20; John 8:31-32; James 1:2-8; Nehemiah 8:10; Isaiah 12:3; 1 John 5:3

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