How can you tell when someone really cares about you? How can you know that you are important to them? Is it in how they speak? Is it about how they are involved? Is it in how they act? Are they doing it out of care or obligation? Are they doing out of love or duty? Are they doing it out of respect or are they being coerced or compelled to do it?
Today’s verse of the day comes from Proverbs 25:7 and says: “Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden. [Prov. 28:23; Gal. 2:14.]” We see it has a reference to Proverbs 28:23 which says: “He who rebukes a man shall afterward find more favor than he who flatters with the tongue.” We see that it also references Galatians 2:14 which says: “But as soon as I saw that they were not straightforward and were not living up to the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas (Peter) before everybody present, If you, though born a Jew, can live [as you have been living] like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how do you dare now to urge and practically force the Gentiles to [comply with the ritual of Judaism and] live like Jews?”
Do they care enough to be watching? Do they care enough to be listening? Do they care enough to get involved? Do they care enough to trust you? Do they care enough to speak and share truth with you? How can you tell if they actually care?
Was it that you were too puffed up? Was it that pride was setting you up for the fall? Was it arrogance that blinded you from doing what was needed? What can you learn from the past four roles this year and the new one you find yourself in currently. What were you doing? What did you do? What did you learn through the progression? And so where are you at today?
Ever heard of healthy boundaries? Ever heard of healthy confrontations? Are there people in your life who tell it like it is and are able to speak the truth in love when you need it? Are you able to receive it, realizing that it is helping make you better? Yes, it may hurt in the moment but those true friends who speak the correction and rebuke the bad will help you grow and become a better you. Consider the verse following today’s verse of the day that says: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.” They are telling you like it is and not holding back the truth in love and trying to deceive you like an enemy. We need friends like that who care enough to see us right we are at and love us too much to leave us there, just like God does. Let’s make sure that we have and put friends in our lives who will tell it like it is. Be it our spouse, our kids, our friends, so that God can work in and through them to help us grow and become better versions of ourselves as spouses, parents, and friends and followers of Jesus. Let’s be open for learning ways for us to grow. It may not be easy but it will be worth it. Let’s ask God to help us with all the relationships God has put into our lives and to not give up on them. Let’s ask God to help us love others even when it is hard. Let’s ask God to give us the courage and humility to have healthy confrontations when necessary in order for those relationships to grow. Let’s give it all up into God’s hands in Jesus’s name. Amen.
The 49 week challenge – Day 287
With September in the rear view mirror along with most of September, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!
In a time of change, will you share what God is doing and saying in and through your life with others?
Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD
– THE BIBLE comes to us from:
‘ So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word. And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching.’— Hebrews 10:23-25
- Looking to John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible – Hebrews 10, we find the following nuggets:
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering,…. Either in the grace or doctrine of faith, or in the profession of both; See Gill on Hebrews 4:14.
For he is faithful that promised; that is God; and it is true of Father, Son, and Spirit; but God the Father may be more especially designed: he is a promising God, and is known to be so by his people; he is eminently and emphatically the Promiser; and all other promisers, and the promises made by them, signify little; but the promises of God are exceeding great and precious, very ancient, free, and unconditional, irrevocable and immutable, and are admirably suited to the cases of his people, and will be fulfilled everyone of them: they include in them things temporal, spiritual, and eternal; things temporal, as that his people shall not want, that their afflictions shall work for good, and that he will support them under all their troubles; things spiritual, as that he will be their God, which takes in his everlasting love to them, and his gracious presence with them, and his protection of them; and that all grace shall be wrought in them, and every blessing of grace bestowed on them: and things eternal; as everlasting glory and happiness; the promise of eternal life was in God’s heart, made in the covenant, and put into Christ’s hands before the world began, and is declared in the Gospel: now God is faithful to all his promises, nor can he fail, or deceive; he is all wise and foreknowing of everything that comes to pass; he never changes his mind, nor forgets his word; and he is able to perform, and is the God of truth, and cannot lie; nor has he ever failed in anyone of his promises, nor will he suffer his faithfulness to fail; and this is a strong argument to hold fast a profession of faith.— John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible – Hebrews 10:23
And let us consider one another,…. Saints should consider one another as men, that they are but men, of like passions and infirmities; they should consider their different tempers, and make allowance for them, and their outward state and condition in the world: they should consider one another as saints, partakers of the same grace; as that they are all loved with the same love, all conceived and brought forth in the womb of God’s eternal electing grace, interested in the same covenant, redeemed by the same blood, and have the same graces and privileges, and an equal right to glory; having one and the same Spirit, the same grace of faith, the same righteousness, the same fountain to wash in, the same fulness to partake of, the same throne of grace to go to, and the same inheritance to enjoy: they should consider one another as church members, the grace and gifts of the another, their different age and standing in the church, their relation to each other as brethren; they should consider them under suffering or sorrowful circumstances, under afflictions, temptations, desertions, declensions, and as attended with infirmities and sins: and the end of such consideration should be,
to provoke unto love; to brotherly love, to stir it up, and stir up to it, which is apt to wax cold, that so it may be rekindled, and give a most vehement flame; for this is Christ’s new commandment, the bond of perfection, the evidence of regeneration, that which makes the saints’ communion comfortable and delightful, and without which a profession of religion is in vain.
And to good works; not for justification before God, and in order to procure salvation; but that God may be glorified, the Gospel adorned, the mouths of gainsayers stopped, faith evidenced to the world, and gratitude to God for his benefits shown, and for the profit and advantage of fellow creatures, and fellow Christians.— John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible – Hebrews 10:24
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,…. Or the episynagogue of one another; which word is used to distinguish Christian assemblies from Jewish synagogues, and to denote the coalition of Jews and Gentiles in one church state, and to express the saints’ gathering together to Christ; see 2 Thessalonians 2:1 and their act of meeting together in some one place to attend his worship, word, and ordinances. Now to “forsake” such assembling, signifies a great infrequency in attending with the saints, a rambling from place to place, and takes in an entire apostasy. It is the duty of saints to assemble together for public worship, on the account of God, who has appointed it, who approves of it, and whose glory is concerned in it; and on the account of the saints themselves, that they may be delighted, refreshed, comforted, instructed, edified, and perfected; and on account of others, that they may be convinced, converted, and brought to the knowledge and faith of Christ; and in imitation of the primitive saints. And an assembling together ought not to be forsaken; for it is a forsaking God, and their own mercies, and such are like to be forsaken of God; nor is it known what is lost hereby; and it is the first outward visible step to apostasy, and often issues in it.
As the manner of some is; or custom; and this prevailing custom among these Jews might arise from contempt of the Gentiles, or from fear of reproach and persecution: and in our day, this evil practice arises sometimes from a vain conceit of being in no need of ordinances, and from an over love of the world, and from a great declension in the exercise of grace; the consequence of it is very bad. The JewsF1 reckon among those that go down to hell, and perish, and have no part in the world to come, הפורשים מדרכי צבור, “who separate from the ways of the congregation”; that is, who do not do the duties thereof, attend with it, and fast when that does, and the like:
but exhorting one another; to prayer, to attend public worship, to regard all the duties of religion, to adhere to Christ, and a profession of him, and to consider him, and walk on in him: or “comforting one another”; by meeting privately together, and conferring about experience, and the doctrines of grace; and by observing to one another the promises of God, relating to public worship; and by putting each other in mind of the bright day of the Lord, that is coming on:
and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching; either of death, or the last judgment, or rather of Jerusalem’s destruction; which at the writing of this epistle was near at hand; and was an affair that greatly concerned these Hebrews; and by various symptoms might be observed by them, as approaching; and which was no inconsiderable argument to engage them to a diligent discharge of their duty; unless the day of darkness, infidelity, and blasphemy in the last days of the world, should be intended, after which will succeed the latter day glory.— John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible – Hebrews 10:25
As day 287 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
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