Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd September 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd September 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23 September 2022 Written BY BY DR. JOHN KOESSLER (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: BAD COMPANY

SCRIPTURE: 2 Timothy 2:14–26

KEY VERSE: Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 2 TIMOTHY 2:16

MESSAGE

Parents often worry about the effect peer pressure will have on their children. At some point, nearly every child has explained their behavior by shifting the blame to others: “But they told me to do it!” Their parents will often respond, “If someone told you to jump off a cliff, would you do that too?” If we were honest, answer might be “yes.” In 1 Corinthians 15:33, Paul warns: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (Here Paul was quoting a Greek playwright Menander).

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The apostle Paul applies the same principle in today’s passage. In verse 14, Paul urges Timothy to warn God’s people “against quarreling about words.” In verse 16 he further describes this kind of speech as “godless chatter.” It’s not only the behavior of others that can influence us but also their words. Like bad company, bad teaching also corrupts.

To clarify the kind of teaching he has in mind, the apostle offers a concrete example in verses 17–18. Although their names are unfamiliar to us, Paul gives us an idea of what they taught. Hymenaeus and Philetus seem to have taught that the resurrection was only spiritual and that the resurrection of believers had already happened. Perhaps they were influenced by a philosophy that came to be known as Gnosticism, a view that saw no spiritual value in the physical body. Some Gnostic teachers claimed that it didn’t matter what one did in the body.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd September 2022

One of the dangers of false teaching is that it masquerades as truth. Those who promote it claim to represent Christ, often by promising to reveal new or secret truths. They are often argumentative (v. 23).

>> Paul’s counsel to Timothy is simple and is good advice for us today. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. Associate with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t get caught up in pointless arguments. Patiently teach the truth.

Pray with Us

Father, bless us with friends who are devoted to You! Lead us to men and women who pursue righteousness and peace. Surround us with people who demonstrate faith and love. Shape us to be such friends to others.

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Dr. John Koessler, who retired as professor emeritus from Moody Bible Institute, formerly served in the division of applied theology and church ministry. John and his wife Jane enjoy living in a lakeside town in Michigan. A prolific writer, John’s books include Dangerous Virtues: How to Follow Jesus When Evil Masquerades as Good (Moody Publishers), The Radical Pursuit of Rest (InterVarsity), The Surprising Grace of Disappointment (Moody), and True Discipleship (Moody). John is a contributing editor and columnist for Today in the Word.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 23rd September 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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