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And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.(Acts 2:40,41)
To testify is not speak about what happened in the lives of other people or about something that happened a long time ago; rather, it is to live out the Word of God and acquire His virtues in our lives.
Peter testified of his life and exhorted them.
But, what exactly did he exhort them about?
Peter had painful experiences because of his faith. And with authority, he spoke in a way to persuade his listeners. It was impossible to remain indifferent towards oppression. This is why he said,
Be saved from this perverse generation.
I know what Peter was talking about because I can identify with him and his way of working.
We cannot remain silent while souls are being destroyed before our eyes. We must do something.
Then those who gladly received his word were baptized.
This means that there are people who do not accept the Word. As a result, their lives remain stagnant.
But those who accept the Word are added to the Kingdom of God and to His work. And so they start doing for others what has been done for them.
The words of a person whose life has been transformed are different and powerful. They cause a revolution, just as it happened in the past.
What about your words, are the words of a ‘mere believer’? Are they a repetition of what you’ve heard?
I’ll be very honest: there’s a difference between being a ‘mere believer’ and being a Christian.
Christians, who are the true followers of the Lord Jesus and are always vigilant, are always innovative. They have a new and refreshing spirit.
Mere believers, on the other hand, can be boring. You don’t feel motivated to listen to them because their words are lifeless; what they say does not change or have an impact on anyone.
It is a sad reality.
My question is: What about you? Do your words have an impact on others, or are they a boring repetition? Vivi Freitas