Wednesday, January 11, 2017

01-12 Devotional A - Proverbs 24:16

A righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; but the wicked are overthrown by calamity. -- Proverbs 24:16.

We cannot be too appreciative of the mercy of a God who is a kind, loving and forgiving Father; but neither can we presume upon that forgiveness. He forgives, not to encourage a continued life of sin, but to give a new opportunity to overcome. The just man who falls is indeed forgiven seven times. But he cannot fall the second time unless he arises the first time. This repetitive rising illustrates the continuing struggle of the Christian to overcome his shortcomings, and develop a character more and more in the likeness of his Lord and his Heavenly Father. -- Excerpt from "Abusing God's Mercy", The Herald.

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01-12 Daily Manna - Galatians 6:1

Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. -- Galatians 6: 1.

Let us learn well this lesson of reproving others very gently, very considerately, kindly, by a hint rather than a direct charge and detail of the wrong -- by an inquiry respecting the present condition of their hearts rather than respecting a former condition, in which we know they have erred. We are to be less careful for the punishments that will follow wrongdoing than for the recovery of the erring one out of the error of his way. We are not to attempt to judge and punish one another for misdeeds, but rather to remember that all this is in the hands of the Lord; we are not in any sense of the word to avenge ourselves or to give any chastisement or recompense for evil. -- Based on excerpt from "Lovest Thou Me More Than These?",  The Watch Tower, May 1, 1901, pages 147-151.

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