The following statements are based on the commendations and rebukes made by Jesus to the seven Revelation churches (Chapters 2 & 3).  They are written in plural for a church, but they can also be considered from “I” standpoint for oneself

EPHESUS: 2:2-6 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.  Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

____We practice good deeds and hard work.

____We do not give up; our attitude is to overcome with patient endurance.

____We are not companions with those who do evil.

____We are wise regarding those from whom we take instruction.

____If we face hardship because of the name of Christ, we do not despair.

____We do not compromise on Jesus Christ being the only way to Heaven.

____We recognize and turn away from those who offer temptation.

____We do not compromise the Word of God in relation to holy living.

____We are zealous in our first love for Jesus.

SMYRNA: I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.

____Our works are not for show; we give humbly in little or much.

____We offer compassion, honor endurance, and learn from those who suffer.

____We are patient when slandered and criticized.

____We face tribulation with faith and hope.

PERGAMOS: 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans

____Our doctrine and practice is true to Christ and his teaching.

____We do not compromise or figure ways to elude the will of God as Balaam

advised Israel.

____We do not consume the ways of this world as represented by sacrifices of idols.

____We do not practice sexual immorality.

____We do not compromise the Word of God in relation to holy living.

THYATIRA: 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.

____We are dedicated to doing good and serving others.

____Our good deeds represent our faith in and love of our Lord.

____We sacrifice in order to bring about good in the kingdom of God.

____We do not give up when the road gets hard.

____Our goal is to do more next time than we did the last time.

____We reject doctrines which compromise holy living.

SARDIS:  I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

____Our lives are not filled with hypocrisy; we practice what we preach.

____We judge our motives that they be done in love.

____We lives honor you everyday, everyway, everyplace.

____We follow through on doing your will; our standard is that you say “well done.”

____Jesus is alive in us.

PHILADELPHIA:  I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently,

____By faith we do what we can in Jesus’ name.

____We keep Jesus’ word by unquestioning obedience to the written word of God.

____We endure graciously, persist humbly, and suffer patiently.

_____Jesus does not regard sin among us.

LAODICEA: 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

____We acknowledge our miserable state except through God’s grace and mercy.

____We renew our standing with God by constant repentance through Jesus Christ.

____We are zealous in our love relationship with Jesus Christ.

____We hold the poor man in regard as highly as the rich man.

____We are not easily deceived  – our eyes are open to truth.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. says:

    Thank you for this in-depth study.

  2. hatrack4 says:

    Great series. And your organizing of the key points. We hide behind the church when the individual applies also.

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