Deus caritas est! “…God is love.” 1 John 4:16
As we enter this season of reflection and renewal, let’s rediscover God calling to His children, revealing His goodness, and transforming each one with Perfect Love. "This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10) ~ Donna Oswalt
We cannot claim to know Christ and to honor Him if we refuse the path He calls us to follow. Erwin Raphael McManus from The Barbarian Way (p. 140)
Surrounded by words and voices that demand recognitions, we hear many messages. We must listen and discern which ones are truth. Many well-known celebrities promote literary works that represent partial truths yet greatly influence people. In the quest for intellectual pursuits, we compromise, we rationalize, we doubt. How can we know what is false and what is truth?
Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God... 2 John 1:9 The Message
Scripture warns that there will be false teaching. In our faithfulness to God, we must spend time in the Living Word, praying to the Holy One, listening for the Spirit of Truth. It is our journey with Christ, the learning to depend on Him, that gives us the strength and wisdom to know what is false and what is truth. We can trust in Christ.
READ 2 John 1:9-11
- Think of at least 1 example of "false teaching" today.
- What are the partial truths dangerous?
- How dependent am I on Christ for wisdom?
Jesus, as we study about You, it is easy to see the many ways evil tried to attack You and Your ministry. As followers of You, we are often taunted by the evil one. Chaos and distractions and doubt come from the one who pursues us with false teachings. But You encourage me, shepherd me, grace me into truth and love. Amen. -dho
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