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Daily Devotion 6/13/15

Today’s bible verse:

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
(Philippians 1:9-10 ESV)

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had good intentions? Just imagine for a second, no one having an ulterior motive, no one having any hidden agenda. No one trying to get one over on you. You could take people by their word. You don’t have to verify stuff, everyone was honest and above board. Imagine for a second that you could trust everyone you met, don’t have to watch your back or question someone’s agenda. What if humanity was incapable of lying or any other form of deception? Utopia! We are being encouraged to be pure and blameless. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9 ESV) That’s a mighty task isn’t it? Think about it for a second, even as you are reading this devotion, there are people plotting and scheming how to steal our identity, how to defraud us, how to sneak hidden cost on our bills. There may even be a politician scheming right now how best to line their pockets with our hard earned money. It seem a shame that more of us do not spend more of our energy in trying to be pure and blameless. Yes indeed, I have encountered earnest, honest, God fearing individuals who dedicate and devote every waking hour to doing the right thing. To saying the right thing, to giving people the benefit of the doubt. I am sure you are one of them. You probably try your best to find the goodness in each person. No doubt you offer an olive branch of friendship and forgiveness. You may even have given someone more than their fair share of second chances. We may never get to Utopia on earth, but that should never deter us from doing good. We may never change every heart we encounter, but God still expects us to try. Don’t stop trying. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8 ESV)

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