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Today’s devotion is based on 1 Corinthians 1:17-18, “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
Paul is saying that there is only one way to salvation, the cross. Not that the cross saves, but that Jesus took the wrath of God on the cross. I think that there is another lesson we can learn from this passage. We, who are divided by beliefs, practice, and tradition should not be divided, for in our division; we are telling others that the cross was not sufficient. In other words, we are sending a mixed message to those we ought to be telling about Jesus.
Tradition, beliefs, and practice are good as long as they point to Jesus. They are wrong when they say that you must do more than believe in Jesus as one’s Savior.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, gracious God it is good to give thanks to you, to sing praises to your name. How great are your works! Thank you for sending the light of Jesus into our dark, sin-filled world, so that through Jesus we can live our lives bathed your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen

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