Devotions for July 31, 2015

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1 Thessalonians 4:3-5

3 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4 Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5 not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.

James 2:8-13

8 Yes indeed, it is good when you obey the royal law as found in the Scriptures: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 9 But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.

10 For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. 11 For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law.

12 So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free. 13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: What do these passages say about sin and leading a holy life? 

Q: Do you ever find yourself judging others based on the perceived weight of their sins? If so, how can you correct this way of thinking and align it with God’s word?

Q: How can you challenge yourself to show mercy toward others regardless of their sins?

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