Devotions for April 27, 2016

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Proverbs 27:17-19

As iron sharpens iron,
so a friend sharpens a friend.
18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit,
so workers who protect their employer’s interests will be rewarded.
19 As a face is reflected in water,
so the heart reflects the real person.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: In light of these verses, why is a solo Christian a bit of a contradiction to his or her calling?

Q: A fellow Christian may let us down at some point; however, why is it necessary to tighten the bonds of unity during times of trial?

Q: The world is marked by severed relationships and abandonment. How can you communicate the Gospel of reconciliation through Jesus Christ to others?

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