Daily Devotional



Remembering Our Purpose

Remembering Our Purpose

1 Corinthians 13

In today's Christianity, there is a lot of anger. Anger at government, anger at church leadership, or just plain anger in our hearts. Why is that? We live in the age where information is so easily accessible that it takes less than 15 seconds to get information on any topic. Sometimes I forget how incredible that is! I cannot tell you how many arguments I have gotten into with my wife that if I just took those 15 seconds and looked it up, we wouldn't have even had to argue! So why do we have these crazy desires and choose to create anger through arguments? Well, its simple, we choose to fight rather than listen because we have this thing in our heart's called pride. This pride has the ability to cloud our judgement and make us think that telling people they are wrong on social media is the right thing when the actual right thing is to just shut our mouths and listen to what that person is really saying. Proverbs 17:29 tells us "Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues." Often the enticement to get in argument on social media or over family holidays cause us to forget our true purpose on this earth; to teach and SHOW others who Jesus really is. Peter tells us in 1st Peter 3:15; "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." Can you imagine if we approached others with a kind heart and a quiet mouth in all disagreements? That is the mindset that gets others to ask questions. We must push ourselves to realize everything we do is scrutinized. Every post we post is judged and our Christianity is questioned. Once we accept salvation we are watched. God did not call us to a simple quiet life, but a life that requires sacrifice; sacrifice of our earthly desire to HELP those who think differently than us. I want to finish this devotional with my favorite chapter of the entire Bible. I read this chapter every morning to remind myself how to treat others out in the world, I hope it helps you as much as it does for me:

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful: it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.

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Remembering Our Purpose

Remembering Our Purpose

1 Corinthians 13

In today's Christianity, there is a lot of anger. Anger at government, anger at church leadership, or just plain anger in our hearts. Why is that? We live in the age where information is so easily accessible that it takes less than 15 seconds to get information on any topic. Sometimes I forget how incredible that is! I cannot tell you how many arguments I have gotten into with my wife that if I just took those 15 seconds and looked it up, we wouldn't have even had to argue! So why do we have these crazy desires and choose to create anger through arguments? Well, its simple, we choose to fight rather than listen because we have this thing in our heart's called pride. This pride has the ability to cloud our judgement and make us think that telling people they are wrong on social media is the right thing when the actual right thing is to just shut our mouths and listen to what that person is really saying. Proverbs 17:29 tells us "Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues." Often the enticement to get in argument on social media or over family holidays cause us to forget our true purpose on this earth; to teach and SHOW others who Jesus really is. Peter tells us in 1st Peter 3:15; "But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." Can you imagine if we approached others with a kind heart and a quiet mouth in all disagreements? That is the mindset that gets others to ask questions. We must push ourselves to realize everything we do is scrutinized. Every post we post is judged and our Christianity is questioned. Once we accept salvation we are watched. God did not call us to a simple quiet life, but a life that requires sacrifice; sacrifice of our earthly desire to HELP those who think differently than us. I want to finish this devotional with my favorite chapter of the entire Bible. I read this chapter every morning to remind myself how to treat others out in the world, I hope it helps you as much as it does for me:

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful: it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is LOVE.

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