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Monday, September 28, 2009


I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full ov joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil (Romans 16:16-19).

Paul's counsel to those who encounter those who promote evil and false teachings that conflict with the Word of God is to identify them and avoid them. The alternative is to enter into compromising situations that could lead to spiritual ruin or cause our faithfulness to God to be questioned.

Lord, open my mind and heart to your truth. Help me not to mistake compromise with evil as a form of love, but to walk daily in the counsel of Your Word in which I find both love and truth. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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