Daily Devotional for October 27
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 27:5-6 (KJV):
5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:5-6 (AMP):
5 Open rebuke is better than love that is hidden.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are lavish and deceitful.
Thought for the Day
It is far better to receive the honest rebuke of a friend, than the insincere compliment of an enemy. True friends always desire the very best for us and are a gift from God. They love us at all times, even when we are not so lovely, and will stand with us through adversity. "A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17). They know us better than any acquaintance, for they see both our good and bad sides. Their speaking the truth when we need to hear it is a precious gift which we would be foolish not to accept. Their correction may wound us, but this act of love can spare us trouble and pain in the future. Speaking the truth in love is a kindness that can keep us from going astray and help us to mature in Christ. "That we henceforth be no more children...But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ" (Ephesians 4:14-15).
Maintaining friendships requires time. To have friends we must be friendly and nurture our friends with kindness. We see into the souls of our friends by spending time with them. Because the Lord Jesus is in the midst of us, there is a deeper dimension to our Christian friendships than with others. A friend in Christ is among God's greatest blessings. Proverbs 18:24 reveals that there is a Friend that stays even closer to us than a brother, and that friend is Jesus: "A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Our friends and family will at times fail or disappoint us, even as we disappoint them, because we all sin and have limitations. The Son of God, however, is limitless in power and love. He will never fail us, no matter how badly we may fail Him. Friendship with Jesus has no constraints. He is always there for us.
Every Christian can cultivate a relationship with Jesus Christ. Friendship, however - even with God - must work both ways. Because of his obedience, Abraham was known as a friend of God. How wonderful it would be to be known as a friend of God as Abraham was! There is only one way to become His friend, and that is by spending quality time with Him. The most important thing that cements our friendship with God is obeying Him. Our obedience demonstrates our faith, love, and commitment to Him. "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for being such a good friend to me. Lord, I desire to also be a good friend to those You have put in my life. May I be the kind of friend who will not shy away from speaking the truth in love when the occasion calls for it. May I also be mindful to encourage my friends, to speak well of them, and to always be there for them when they need me. Also, Lord, may I not neglect my friendships and take the time necessary to nurture them, and may You always be in the middle of them. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire: mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.
There is no God else beside me: a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
Isaiah 59:16; Psalm 40:6-8; John 10:17-18; Isaiah 45:21-22; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 8:9
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
Luke 10:19; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:11-16; Micah 7:8