Avoid divisive people!

Scripture reading for July 4th:  Romans 16, Psalm 133, Proverbs 9

Key Scriptures:  Romans 16:17-19  “I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.  For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.  For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.”

Paul warned the church to avoid people who were divisive and created controversy that opposed sound doctrine.  The dividers were serving their own appetites and not the Lord Jesus.  Paul then complimented them for their obedience and encouraged them to be wise about doing good and innocent concerning evil and division.  This wisdom can be applied in every area of life and living.

Faith Confession:  Thank You for the wisdom given me by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to be wise for good and innocent concerning evil.  Help me to avoid divisive people and stand in sound doctrine.

Proverbs 9:10-11 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.  For by Me your days will be multiplied and years will be added to your life.”  

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