Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
There are people that take the scriptures to legal law since of if their enemy is not a believer he has no recourse but to be slaughtered. Islam alone in some cultures is that way. After all Christians are persecuted as well as Jews. When we hear stories on the news of the persecuted church, one might say thank God in not in our land. Then we need to think again what does it take for the church to be persecuted. Churches like temples do meet people that want to discriminate against them from time to time. Scripture is one way to explain how culture of another time does not always meet with traditions of our world and yet it still does in relationship to Godís word. What He said He do He will do. Yet the culture of the Bible is primitive, and does still apply today. The law itself in our world today is not a carbon copy of Old Testament law. Yet it is one of the first places the law first came from. The law itself reminds us that we are imperfect, need a Savior, and also need to obey God. It can be used to reproof to teach, and to educate about God. Even terrorist organizations use religious books to validate their claim and rights to do what they think is just, never understanding Godís way has always been love.
Reproof by Godís laws or Christ Laws, and Moses laws bring about knowledge of good and evil. Now think for a little bit how does knowledge of good and bad behavior help someone. It teaches them a standard of living. Yet to use it to cause hate of anyone is not Godís way when it comes to caring about people. If you only see hate in scripture you never will grasp the love of God and His compassion for you and I. Reproof is only to set a standard of living, not to be task master of worrying about everything done wrong.
Timothy a young minister was learning to use scripture for correction of oneself and to teach love to others. Are you teaching love or hate. Are you teaching that yes there those in opposition to scripture but also are not necessarily persecutors of the church. These people are friends. Lot was the nephew of Abraham, He is not gentile by birth but not Abraham son or daughter. He is part of the original family of Abraham. They were not enemies by birth order. But enemies by life style sometimes. Did they have faith. Lot did. Yet he was not the son of Abraham. Is the history of scripture important. It can be in validating his existence to the family tree. Yet why get involved in endless genealogy, it does mean you are a believer. Faith comes to those that believe. Scripture only value is to believer, no it teaches about life, love, and hope. How we are all connected. How we are all brothers and sisters of the world. That enough reproof there for today. We are taught to love our siblings and our siblings of the world.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the reproof of scripture. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown To Thanksgiving 9 Days left: Thank God for family and friends not always in the tree line of faith, but love.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:1 John 3:21-24 KJV
(21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
(22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
(23) And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
(24) And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.