DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020

Of the truth of this no one can have any doubt who has observed the effects in a family or neighborhood where a spirit of strife prevails. All love and harmony of course are banished; all happiness disappears; all prosperity is at an end. In place of the peaceful virtues which ought to prevail, there springs up every evil passion that tends to mar the peace of a community. Where this spirit prevails in a church, it is of course impossible to expect any progress in divine things; and in such a church any effort to do good is vain.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2020

1 John 4:20 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

“It is difficult to prove whether or not we love God based on our actions toward him because we cannot see him. Love for God is reflected in love for his children, our brothers and sisters, whom we can see. Therefore, God gave us this verifiable command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. Jesus stated the principle in other words: whatever you did not do for one of the least of these you did not do for me (Matt. 25:40).” – David Walls and Max Anders

DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY, JANUARY 12, 2020

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and tell lies against the truth. (James 3:14)

If bitter jealousy and selfish ambition are our characteristics, if we have a fierce and unholy zeal, a spirit of ambition and contention, we are unfit to teach God’s Word. We should NOT seek to be teachers of God’s Word if we could not properly seek such if the whole truth about us were known.

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