By Barbara Lighthizer
Today's Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Central Thought: We should live the truth as well as speak the truth.
Paul spoke boldly to the churches of his day. He was not afraid of what people would say or if they would think he was a fanatic. He spoke the truth in love, but knew it might hurt the feelings of some. All Scripture is inspired by God, so Paul had confidence in what he taught. The Holy Spirit would use the truth to bring about the necessary change for a Christ-centered life.
Sometimes we choose not to heed what the Scripture says, and try to justify an activity we're involved in or plans we desire to fulfill. When someone reminds us what the Bible teaches, we often defend our decision. Just as the churches listened to the truth Paul wrote to them, so we need to be receptive when someone points out our actions are contrary to the Word of God.
Paul's life was a mirror of his doctrine. Can we say the same about our life? If we need to remind someone about what the Bible says regarding an issue, will our daily walk reflect the truth we speak?
Devotional Prayer: Lord, I ask You to help me to not only speak the truth in love but to also live that same truth before those around me.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 44:24-47:7; 2 Timothy 2:22-3:17; Psalm 94:1-23; Proverbs 26:6-8