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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Loving Our Brethren

by Robert Brock

Tuesday, June 4

Loving Our Brethren

1 John 4:20-21

“He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, 
how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” 1 John 4:20.

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.…love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40). The chain of command in love is to love God supremely, secondly, love others as much as one loves himself.

In Ephesians 5, Paul taught that a man who does not treat his wife with love, understanding and respect is laden with shame and self-loathing. This attitude becomes Satan’s playhouse. God has instituted marriage so that He might love others and minister Christ’s love through His children. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12). The declining love problem is actually a sin problem.

Paul warned that in the end times, “Men shall be lovers of their own selves” (2 Timothy 3:2). Self-worship is the source of a catalog of heinous sins against man and God. However, loving ourselves because God loves us makes God’s children a conduit for sharing God’s love with a world of hurting people. People who do not love others do not love God. It is a spiritual law.

THOUGHT: Love for the brethren is never based on what the brethren can do for us.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-We Are To Test Every Spirit

by Beverly Barnett

We Are To Test Every Spirit

1 John 4:1-3

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are 
of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world,” 1 John 4:1.

Do you know why there are so many false religions in the world, in America, in your town? Mainly, there are so many false religions because people did not try the spirits to see whether they are of God or not. They did not dig into the Scriptures to see if the Bible taught an alternate way to Heaven other than through the redemptive blood of Christ. Truthfully, the Holy Spirit will not lead contrary to the Scriptures.

Therefore, if someone says that you must do this or that—apart from the belief in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus—to enter into Heaven after death, then he is not being led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will guide him to the truth, if he will sincerely seek the truth. He will not lead you to believe a lie.

The only conclusion we can draw is that if someone follows false doctrine, he is not looking for the truth.

REFLECTION: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist” (2 John 7).

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