Keep away from divisive people!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Romans 16

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Romans 16:17-20  “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 of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil.  The God of peace will son crush Satan under your feet.  The Grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”  

Paul had closed this letter with numerous personal references to people in the church community.  The church is built on quality relationships through personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  However, there are those that are in the church or come into it that are there to cause division.  Paul warned the church and us today to watch out for them.  They will be recognized by actions and teaching contrary to the Word of God and they do not serve the Lord Jesus but their own appetites!  These people use smooth talk and flattery to draw people away, thus causing division.  Believers are to have nothing to do with them, being wise to what is good!  God is a God of peace, crushing Satan under the feet of His victorious Church!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers will be wise as serpents but harmless as doves concerning divisive people who live contrary to sound doctrine.  God’s grace brings victory!  “The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.”  (Proverbs 16:17)

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