DAILY DEVOTIONAL WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020

He [Christ] died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.—2 Cor. 5:15.

“Paul ministered for the Corinthians’ sake because he was compelled by the love displayed in Christ’s death. He died to redeem the lost so those for whom he died might live for him. Because this was the purpose of Christ’s death, it became the goal of Paul’s ministry.” – Richard L. Pratt Jr.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.—Col. 3:15.

To maintain perfect unity (v. 14) believers are to let the peace of Christ rule in [their] hearts. Rule literally means “to act as umpire.” The Colossians were told earlier not to allow false teachers to “act as umpire against” them (2:18). However, when disputes arise, the believer is to let the peace of Christ make the call. Whatever will lead to peace must be the deciding factor so that peace will be preserved.” – Max Anders

DAILY DEVOTIONAL SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 09, 2020

For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to accurate knowledge.—Rom. 10:2.

“They did not lack zeal; they lacked knowledge (not “head” knowledge, gnosis, but “real” knowledge, perception, or recognition, epignosis). As a result of their lack of knowledge, their zeal became misguided. Interestingly, zeal (zelos) is most often translated “jealousy” in Paul’s epistles, context making the difference. But in its essence, zeal is jealousy, and it can be in a healthy sense. Paul is saying that because the Jews lacked spiritual perception, their jealousy was for their religious traditions rather than the things of God. And Paul should know, as that is what he was zealous/jealous for (Acts 22:3; 21:20; Gal. 1:13–14; Phil. 3:6).” Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier

DAILY DEVOTIONAL SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 08, 2020

And above all these things put on love, which is a perfect bond of union.—Col. 3:14.

The idea seems to be that love will bind all the other graces fast together, and render the whole system complete. Without love, though there might be other graces and virtues, there would be a want of harmony and compactness in our Christian graces, and this was necessary to unite and complete the whole.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 07, 2020

Practice these things, be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.—1 Tim. 4:15.

“If we live in God’s teaching, pursuing him every waking moment, everyone [will] see your progress. A life growing progressively close to God, dynamically changing, cannot be hidden. Christianity is not a matter of creed bun of life.
Timothy was to lead the way by pouring himself into Christian life and ministry. The church would respond because it would see progress, the authentic presence of Christ in his people.” – Knute Larson

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