Romans 16:17 “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.” (ESV)
I've got it! While finishing up a project, all that remained was to connect the lines to the devices. I was sure I had the right parts and proceeded to make the final connections. The only problem was that the guy at the hardware store had packed the needed supplies. When I asked about the final fittings, he said, "I've got it!" Today's verse speaks of watching out for those who may cause division or obstacles contrary to what we have been taught. I should have known better. I was taught to double check everything before leaving the store when finishing a project. I don't like having to go back and get the "right" part, but sadly, I found myself making that trip. It wasn't done on purpose, but it was up to me to make sure I had the right connecting items before I left the store and I didn’t. In life, we will face those decisions where we need to ensure we are not listening to those who may cause division or create obstacles in our walk with Christ. Sure, it's easier to let someone else make those decisions for us, but are we getting the right part for it? When we judge their words against His Word, we may find ourselves searching for the Truth. Like the verse says, we should avoid them! Get the right Word the first time!
Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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