Letter of the Law

I spent a lot of my life as a doer. Even as a young child, I was a stickler for rules and had to share the rules with others who I noticed were not complying. To me, there was a right way and a wrong way. There were boundaries, rules set in place for a … Continue reading Letter of the Law

Validation

Today’s devotion focuses on endorsement… validation… recommendation. The Message translates today’s verse this way: “Does it sound like we’re patting ourselves on the back, insisting on our credentials, asserting our authority? Well, we’re not. Neither do we need letters of endorsement, either to you or from you. You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. … Continue reading Validation

United Rebuke

In 2 Corinthians 2:6-7, we read: “I believe that your united rebuke has been punishment enough for him. Instead of more punishment, what he needs most is your encouragement through your gracious display of forgiveness” (TPT).  The first thing we read in this passage is that we unite together as a body in the rebuke. … Continue reading United Rebuke

No Hidden Agenda

Today’s verse is blunt. No hidden agenda. We read in 2 Corinthians 1:12: “We rejoice in saying with complete honesty and a clear conscience that God has empowered us to conduct ourselves in a holy manner and with no hidden agenda. God’s marvelous grace enables us to minister to everyone with pure motives, not in … Continue reading No Hidden Agenda

Excel in Every Season

The CSB says, “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” The Passion Translation says it this way: “So now, beloved ones, stand firm, stable, and enduring. Live your lives with an unshakable confidence. We … Continue reading Excel in Every Season

Evil Companions

In 1 Corinthians 15:33, we read: “So stop fooling yourselves! Evil companions will corrupt good morals and character” (TPT). Simply put — ”Bad company ruins good manners” (MSG). Now if I ask you if you have evil companions, you will probably respond with a denial. It’s not easy for us to look at our friendships … Continue reading Evil Companions

Everything We Build Up

In 1 Corinthians 14:26, we read: “Beloved friends, what does all this imply? When you conduct your meetings, you should always let everything be done to build up the church family. Whether you share a song of praise, a teaching, a divine revelation, or a tongue and interpretation, let each one contribute what strengthens others” … Continue reading Everything We Build Up