For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!
John 8: 44 – 45
Our characteristics often reflect those of our parents. How we are raised plays a big role in our conduct as children, and even adults. If we are all children of God, our character should be similar to the characteristics of Christ…………..…. Right?
This passage really kicked me in the gut. I didn’t like it at all. Am I an illegitimate child? Who do I belong to? Do my words reflect the words of Christ? Does my behavior reflect the character of Christ? Jesus described the devil to the crowd and told them they belonged to him. They were not God’s children because they simply weren’t behaving like God’s children.
Their behavior and reactions to truth told a completely different story. Verse 44 states the devil hates the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it’s consistent with his character. After reading that, I couldn’t help but ask myself who does my character align with? Does it align with that of my Savior or my enemy? Because I am a follower of Christ, sin brings conviction. But, for those who are not believers, the truth of sin can sound alot like hate.
The evilness within members of the crowd could not stand to hear the truth. Therefore, their minds twisted to make them feel as if Jesus was wrong and they were right. Gosh! If they could only remove the cataracts from their eyes to see they were still slaves to sin.
I can honestly say I’ve been in the seat of the crowd. Whether it be my language, attitude, or actions. When called out, depending on the sender, I responded negatively. My attitude was “who do you think you are” , “whatever”, with an eye roll and/or “it’s not that serious”.
BUT, because I was still stuck in my mess, my only reaction was negative.
I was upset with people for even bringing up my actions. When in reality, I should have asked myself why my language, attitude and actions were sinful. BUT, because I was still stuck in my mess, my only reaction was negative. I was blinded by my sin.
We see these types of reactions on Social Media daily. There are so many servants of Christ broadcasting their Sermons and Ministry online. The comments section always make me somewhat nauseous. Evil always finds a way to creep in. As Christians, we shouldn’t wonder why so many are offended by a Minister simply speaking the truth. If the Minister says, fornication is a sin. There is an uproar! If the Minister says, homosexuality is a sin. There is a colossal uproar! If the Minister says our body is a temple and we should cover ourselves, there is an uproar! It is literally impossible to preach the truth to evil without resistance. Those who are causing the uproar belong to a different father. They are illegitimate. They don’t belong to Christ. They hate the truth. They are comfortable in sin.
What has sin blinded you from?
They have no idea they are slaves to sin and sin has blinded them from seeing the truth. Their reactions are natural.
What has sin blinded you from? Sin has definitely caused me to have cataracts. This is why it’s so important to stay in God’s Word. This will help us see clearly and defeat the enemy. As soon as those “illegitimate” children made the choice to not follow Christ, the enemy began to change their character, thoughts, and perceptions. Even if they were brought up in church. Evil began to “raise” them as soon as they made their choice. Next time you see this huge social media string filled with illegitimate children just type “Who Raised Ya” in the comments with this scripture attached. LOL.
I pray I always welcome correction and recognize my sins. Because I am NOT an illegitimate child, I am able to recognize when I am no longer in God’s will. His Holy Spirit will convict me and let me know I am straying away from my true purpose and God’s will for my life. I don’t want to be comfortable in my sin. I don’t want to be like the angry crowd…..mad at Jesus for simply speaking truths.
Every single day we should ask ourselves this,
“Are my actions aligning with the character of Christ?”
If the answer is no, well then, we might need a DNA test. Our actions should align with the character of Christ. If they don’t, we should ask for forgiveness and proceed to walk in righteousness. That’s the beauty in being a child of God. Jesus walked this earth. He knows all about temptation and weaknesses of our flesh. He will forgive us every single time we fall. I choose to never forget that He died, not only knowing my past, but knowing my present and future sins. He loves us that much.
So, I have to ask, who’s your daddy? Does your behavior align with the character of Christ or do you need a DNA test? We are no longer slaves to sin! Our shackles have fallen. We simply have to choose Christ everyday. I pray you make the same daily choice as I have to live set free. Step out, walk in righteousness, and align your actions with those of our Father.