Thursday, November 15
WARNING AGAINST DIVISIVE PEOPLE
17 Now I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who create divisions and obstacles contrary to the teaching that you learned. Avoid them, 18 because such people do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites. They deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting with smooth talk and flattering words.
PAUL’S GRACIOUS CONCLUSION
19 The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise about what is good, and yet innocent about what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
21 Timothy, my coworker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow countrymen, greet you.
22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.
23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus greet you.
As Paul is putting the finishing touches on his letter to the church in Rome he provides a very specific warning. He says to keep watch for those that would attempt to divide and deceive the church. He makes a strong plea for the church in Rome to take care of their unity. He warns them of this because those who seek to divide don’t announce themselves or make themselves known. They use manipulation to target people in order to get them to develop decisive thoughts towards one another. The best defense against this is to personally know what is “good” and what is “evil”, as you continue to grow in relationship with Christ you learn the difference between a counterfeit gospel and the powerfully true gospel.
Any church who stays unified will one day see God destroy Satan under their feet. God is the one that does the “crushing” but Satan ends up under the feet of the Church. Every victory we see now is a preview of that. Stay unified with other believes and stay strong in your faith so you can one day experience the ultimate victory that God promises to win for us.
Father protect my family and my church from the enemy’s attempts to divide us. Protect us from any negative influence and give us wisdom to understand true from false when it comes to what we hear from those who seek to influence us.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.