DCLM DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR DEVOTIONAL FOR JUNE 20, 2023 (SHUN ALL FILTHINESS)
TOPIC: SHUN ALL FILTHINESS
KEY VERSE: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
TEXT: 2 Corinthians 7:1-7 (KJV)
1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.
3 I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
5 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.
6 Nevertheless God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus;
7 And not by his coming only, but by the consolation wherewith he was comforted in you, when he told us your earnest desire, your mourning, your fervent mind toward me; so that I rejoiced the more.
Quite often, many of us assume that it is up to God to ensure that we are holy or not. We are quick to point to the promises of God that He is the One that circumcises our heart. We act as if He stands to gain something personally when we are holy; and we neglect the role the Lord has ascribed to us if we desire to live in holiness and perfection.
Apostle Paul, in this intimate and personal letter to the Corinthian believers, conveyed so much love and affection for them. Still, he did not leave them in the dark concerning the demands of God on them. The Apostle stressed that to enjoy God’s great and precious promises to us, believers must shun all personal conducts that defile and deeds that corrupt the spirit, such as indulging in idolatry.
This is the way to ensure that they were uncorrupted by the lifestyle and widespread acts of immorality, greed and avarice in their society. He made the point that as a servant of God, he would neither corrupt nor defraud anyone. Using his personal testimony, Paul implied that keeping away consciously from all evil acts would enable them lead faithful and fruitful lives. Paul told them he was comforted greatly by God when Titus brought news of their earnest desires, mourning and fervency.
It is our personal responsibility to keep away from all outward and inner spiritual dirt, to show that we have experienced the mercy and grace of God. If we are to do this, we must turn away from all known sins, follow Christ wholeheartedly, live by the holy standards of God and avoid dabbling into the worldly practices of the ungodly around us.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Keeping pure and holy is our personal duty.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
1 Kings 1-2
Lord Jesus, come into my life. I accept You as my Lord and Personal Saviour. I believe in my heart You died and rose from the dead to save me. Thank You Lord for saving me, in Jesus name Amen.