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”Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” 1 Corinthians 8:1

We know there is only one true God, who created all, and that we do not sin if we happen to eat food that another has devoted to a false god. But charity (selfless love) will move us not to vaunt our knowledge and be a cause of sin to weaker brethren who do not yet have such understanding. As believers in Christ, we have great freedom but, in love, we do not use our liberty in such a way as to cause those who do not yet have such knowledge to sin against their own consciences.

We thank Thee, O God, for the divine truth You reveal to us in the Scriptures. Do not let us become puffed up in that knowledge but, in selfless love, live in such a way that we do not cause our fellow believers to sin or fall from the faith but rather edify and build them up in the truth. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“Wash, make yourselves clean. Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes. Cease to do evil. Learn to do well. Seek judgment. Relieve the oppressed. Judge the fatherless. Plead for the widow. ‘Come now and let us reason together,’ says the LORD. ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” Isaiah 1:16-18

Though our sins stain our lives like scarlet and crimson, God offers us mercy and forgiveness in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, if we but acknowledge our sins and look to Him in faith for pardon and cleansing. We read in 1 John 1:8-9: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Have mercy upon me, O God, and wash me thoroughly from my sin, granting me pardon and forgiveness in the shed blood of Jesus, my Savior. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the Revised Common Version of the Bible.]

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“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.” Galatians 3:6-7

It is not the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who are the children of Abraham but those who share in the faith of Abraham and are counted righteous by God through faith in Jesus, the Messiah and Savior promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Grant that I trust in Your promises of forgiveness and life in Christ Jesus, O God, that I may be counted righteous by faith, as was Abraham, our spiritual father. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the King James Version of the Bible.]

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“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been clearly set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn from you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:1-3

Sadly, many today are also deceived. They hear the Word of God, and the Spirit leads them to trust in Christ Jesus and His cross for pardon and eternal salvation, but they foolishly turn back to the law and traditions and begin to rely on their own works to be acceptable in God’s sight.

Graciously keep me in the true and saving faith, O Lord, and grant that I do not rely on my own works under the law but on the perfect sacrifice of Christ, my Savior. In His name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the Revised Webster Version of the Bible.]

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“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of male goats. … And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1:11,15

God does not desire sacrifices and religious service from those who are impenitent and continue in their wicked ways. He will not accept their worship or hear their prayers. He desires that we repent of our evil ways and look to Him for mercy in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, His Son and mankind’s only Savior. Only when we repent of our sins and trust in Christ will God accept our worship and hear our prayers.

Grant that I see my sinfulness and disobedience to Your Word, O LORD, and move me to repent and look to You for mercy and forgiveness in the atoning sacrifice of Christ Jesus for the sins of the world. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

[Scripture is quoted from the Revised Webster Version of the Bible.]

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