M. Verse 146
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. –1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Hate is impatient and unkind; hate is envious, covetous, and always boasts; hate is proud, arrogant, and is rude. Hate insists on its own way; hate is easily irritated and resentful; hate rejoices with wrong doing, and never rejoices in the truth. Hate doesn’t put up with much. It does not believe the best about things but is skeptical about everything. Hate never hopes the best, but believes the worst. Hate endures nothing.
In the last post I told you that we were going to be plodding through the Westminster Shorter Catechism as a family. If you have some sort of i device, I am going to link to two apps (one free and one for a buck) that you can download if you choose.
The first is called Christian Creeds & Reformed Confessions. It is free and works well assuming you have an active internet connection. The other is called iReformed and can be used without any internet connection at all. This is the one I am currently using because it has all the reference Scriptures already contained in the app.
Enjoy the truth passed down to us from our reformed fathers in the faith. Remember that we are called to pass down the truth to the younger generations. This starts with fathers instructing their children at home.
Since our family just finished the book of 1 Timothy last night, I had a decision to make. I was thinking of either continuing on into 2 Timothy, or to begin going through the Westminster Shorter Catechism. I have decided to go through the Catechism with my family. And because of this, I do not see the need to write these daily devotions. My plan will be start with question 1 (What is the chief end or man?), have the kids look up the Bible references, and have discussion. I may combine some further depth by reading portions of the Confession as well. Blogging devotions about the Catechism would not be necessary for me because of the way my family is going to go through it. The questions and answers are sufficient to prompt conversation and engagement. If I were to write devotions, it would be only for the benefit of you the reader. Not that that is not important, but according to the stats I see, the number of readers of this blog is very minimal.
If you are a regular reader of this blog and have been using these devotions for leading your family; thank you! I would encourage you to go on the Monergism website and find the section of small books called “Pocket Puritans.” There you will find copies of the Shorter Catechism with Scripture Proofs. They are produced by Banner of Truth publications. They are very inexpensive so you can order one for each in your household.
I plan to continue blogging different thoughts and studies as I write them, but they will not be daily. So keep checking in from time to time and I hope you will find encouragement for your soul.
If you have questions or concerns, or just want further help in leading your family devotions, you can email me and I would be happy to help in any way that I can.
May the Lord be with you as you lead you family for the glory of God!
1 Timothy 6:20-21 “O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.”
Christians in general and pastors in particular are called to be guardians of the truth. The truth has been entrusted to us and we are to keep a close watch on it so that it is not stolen. The Bible contains all that is necessary for life and godliness. It alone contains the truth of God. We are guardians of this book and must not get bogged down in worldly chatter and contrary arguments. What an ending exhortation from Paul to his apprentice Timothy.
“Son, guard the truth!”
1 Timothy 6:17-19 “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”
The Lord is the most certain thing in all the universe. He is the only person or object that never changes; “for I am the Lord, I change not.” The theological term we use is to say that God is immutable. Everything and everybody is in constant change. Matter of fact, we change in relation to him because he is the standard object that does not move.
As we have most recently lost our 16 week old baby, I am comforted to see afresh that our hope is not to be in the certainty of a healthy and normal birth. Our certainty is to be in God. God is the one who does not change. We were really looking forward to having another little person in our home and because we had made it past the 10 week mark, we were most certain that everything was okay. Yet we are learning through suffering that there is nothing in all of creation that is certain except the Lord. He wants our hopes, our trust, and our happiness to be completely found in him; whether he gives or he takes away. Blessed be the Lord who does not change.
1 Timothy 6:11-16
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time —he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
The Christian life is one of fleeing and pursuing. We are called to flee from error and pursue truth. We are called to flee unrighteous and pursue righteousness. We are called to flee ungodliness and pursue godliness; flee unbelief and pursue faith; flee hatred and pursue love; flee arbitrariness and pursue steadfastness; flee harshness and pursue gentleness.
When we are told to flee one thing we are also told to pursue the opposite. Likewise when we are commanded to pursue one thing, it is implied we are commanded to flee the opposite.
Just like the fruits of the Spirit; we are to put one one thing, and take off the opposite.
1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil because with money, the covetous and discontented heart can feed itself through any and everything that can be purchased. The tenth commandment tells us to not covet. Yet our hearts scream out thou shall covet!
The reason why Paul tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain is because some false teachers would put on a cloak of godliness so that they could increase the size of their pocketbooks. Paul tells us that godliness is a means of great gain, but only when it is accompanied by contentment.
We bring nothing at all into this world. When we die, we can take nothing with us. Truth is the one thing we carry along on our journey. You and I are to be more concerned with desiring truth than desiring money.
- What are the two things we learn a person should be content with?
- Do you find that you are content with these two things?
- What may happen if I do not seek to pluck out my covetous eye, or cut off my covetous arm?