Problem People

Note from JesusDear Precious One,

Yesterday’s note focused on valuing each person in the Father’s family. There are, however, some in the family who seem to be frequently stirring up trouble and leading others astray. Paul well described these people in the first paragraph of today’s verses. His words of wisdom are “spot on perfect”: “If there are people like that in your churches, stay away from them.” These people are as precious to Me as the ones mentioned yesterday, but until they humble themselves before Me, don’t give them an audience. Don’t let them weigh you down. Don’t feed their ego and appetite for attention. Stay away from people who want to divide and who lead you astray!

Instead, celebrate the good in you and in your church family. Focus on the qualities that grow people and grow My family. As you do, the Father will send peace your way and will crush Satan under your feet. The evil one won’t be in your way, and the path you walk will lead you closer and closer to Me and to eternal glory with the Father.

Notice how Paul ends his letter. I will shorten it so you see the main point:So to the One Who is able to strengthen you to live consistently with my good news and the preaching of Jesus, the Anointed…

To the one true and wise God, we offer glory for all times through Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen.The Father will give you strength to live for Him. So bring your Father glory in how you live. As you live for the Father, I will bring your needs to His throne of grace in the presence of the angels until you can join Us at the Father’s throne in glory.Verses to LiveRomans is an incredibly powerful and practical letter that speaks about the good news of the Father’s grace, My role as a sin offering, and the power of the Holy Spirit at work in you. This letter is a message of hope for all people. So as you come to the end of it, I hope you will give thanks for Paul who wrote it. Also, give thanks for all those through the ages who have believed it. And finally, give thanks for the love We — Father, Son, and Spirit — have for you. Don’t let anyone rob you of this good news of grace and of its hope!I [Paul] am pleading with all of you, brothers and sisters, to keep up your guard against anyone who is causing conflicts and enticing others with teachings contrary to what you have already learned. If there are people like that in your churches, stay away from them. These kinds of people are not truly serving our Lord Jesus the Anointed; they have devoted their lives to satisfying their own appetites. With smooth talking and a well-rehearsed blessing, they lead a lot of unsuspecting people down the wrong path.

The stories about the way you are living in obedience to God have traveled to all the churches. So celebrate your faithfulness to God that is being displayed in your lives — seek wisdom about the good life, and remain innocent when it comes to evil. If you do this, the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet soon. May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King, be ever present with you.

Timothy, my coworker in the spreading of the gospel, also sends his greeting to all of you, as do my kinsmen, Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater.

I, Tertius, the one who wrote this letter for Paul, greet you in the name of the Lord. Gaius, my host here as well as patron for the whole church, sends his best to all of you. Erastus, the city administrator, sends his greetings along with brother Quartus. May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, touch you all. Amen.

So to the One Who is able to strengthen you to live consistently with my good news and the preaching of Jesus, the Anointed, with the revelation of the ancient mystery that has been kept secret since the earliest days, this mystery is revealed through the prophetic voices passed down in the Scriptures, as they have been commanded by the Eternal God. In this time, this mystery is being made known to the nations so that all may be led to faith-filled obedience.

To the one true and wise God, we offer glory for all times through Jesus, the Anointed One. Amen
(Romans 16:17-27)Response in PrayerFather, thank You for Paul and his passion for the gospel. Thank You for the grace on which my relationship with You is built. I ask that You strengthen me and every good work I am attempting to do for You. May my life bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.’A Year with Jesus’ is written by Phil Ware. © 1998-2022, Heartlight, Inc. ‘A Year with Jesus’ is part of the Heartlight Network.All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from The Voice™. © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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