Devotions

  • Longing for the Day of Knowing Fully and Loving Perfectly
    by Scotty Smith on October 22, 2017 at 3:45 am

    For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Gal. 5:14 (NIV) For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 1 Cor. 13:9-10 (ESV) Heavenly Father, there are so many reasons I'm looking forward to life in the new heaven and new earth. For starters, I look forward to the Day when all of your children will finally know you, the Scriptures, and the gospel the way you intend. No more theological one-up-man-ship or tribal separations on the Lord's Day. No more 20,000+ denominations or families divided over church-of-choice.  It will be a Day of manifest unity, unparalleled humility, and unimaginable felicity. Bring in on, Lord. Hasten that Day. It will be the eternal Day of no longer knowing in part or loving in part--the Day when we'll never again label, dismiss, or marginalize one another over our differing doctrines and Biblical interpretations. That we who have been saved by your grace, from beginning to end, should ever resort to condescending, judgmental, dismissive attitudes with fellow brothers and sisters in Jesus, is tragic and unacceptable. Clarifying and defending the faith is one thing; being theologically arrogant, or dismissive of other believers, is quite another. Father, forgive me for the times when I choose being right over being kind. Forgive me for loving my theological family more than other parts of the Body of Christ. Forgive me for defending sovereign grace ungraciously. Forgive me for indulging the attitude, "I get the gospel better than they do." Forgive me for using Biblical knowledge to put up walls, ... […]