February 27, 2014

1john51

Proverbs 7:1-27; 1 John 5:13-21; John 11:55-12:8

“I don’t like him; he’s arrogant,” the man said. Another man replied, “Arrogant? I think he’s just confident.”

There is sometimes a fine line in the perception between arrogance and confidence. In the case of Judas, we see arrogance. He portrayed himself as one concerned for the poor, when he was only concerned for his own needs. He did so while making others feel foolish. That is arrogance. Yet there is a confident peace one may know by believing in the One who gives eternal life.

Still, this confidence is sometimes seen as arrogance. Someone believes that she knows she will go to heaven, and another considers it arrogance. Yet, one may understand that she is from God. (1John 5:19-20) This is simply wisdom borne from a belief in the word of God. It boasts nothing of oneself but puts all its stock in the word of God. One may be confident of such matters. Indeed, John wrote to us so that we may be believe in the name of the Son of God and be confident of eternal life.

Prayer: O Lord, help me be attentive to your word and live. Amen.

 Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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