Proverbs 17:1-20; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Matthew 12:43-50
Good is better than evil, wisdom is to be valued, and good health may be attributed to cheerfulness while poor health may be from a sour nature. Proverbs points out all the good attributes that we should hope to attain, since they glorify God. By dwelling in his word, we will always live the good and faithful life.
Paul reminds Timothy, and us as well, of what we read in Proverbs about appropriate behavior of bishops, deacons, women, and men as they relate to each other and to God. These are the behaviors that as Christians, the guardians of his church and people, we should hope to possess. Let us be respectful, hospitable, sensible, and gentle. For in living this way we model what Christ lived out while he walked among men.
When we are gathered with the people of Christ Jesus, the children of God, know that they are our mother, our brothers, and sisters, a family filled with the love of the Lord. Let us build on this love, flowing from us freely among the flock, spilling over into our communities and the world. We must love others as Jesus first loved us. What a privilege it is to be his emissaries in the world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, bless us each day to be filled with love and not to be tainted by the evil that is in the world. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Ron Hamm,
Vicar at Peace Lutheran Church, in Edmond, OK.