Daily Christmas Devotion Monday, December 30

Monday, December 30, 2013 – Psalm 141; 1 Kings 17:17-24; 3 John 1-15 and John 4:46-54
Cont. readings from Luke – Luke 2:36-38

Psalm 141 – Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

In a book I recently read, the author talked about how we as God’s people should be open to discipline from fellow believers. His point was that none of us truly walk the walk or talk the talk. We all have our flaws and can use the kind correction of a brother or sister in the faith.

The Psalmist points out also how the discipline of a righteous man (I’d add woman) is a blessing.

My question for each of us today is to whom would you look for discipline in the faith? Whom do you look up to, respect? How might you seek discipline from this one you look up to? I am asking these questions of myself, even as I ask them of you.

A friend of mine has kept up a relationship with a spiritual director. She sees this as very important for her faith and life. In her work she has to offer discipline to others and knows she needs discipline as well.

In our reading from 3 John, read it and you’ll have read a complete book of the New Testament, we hear; I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.

John knows of one in the church to which he is writing who refuses discipline and in fact has put himself up as a dictator in the church. John plugs on, seeking to bring faithfulness and righteousness to the people to whom he is writing.

As we approach the end of 2013 and approach the beginning of 2014, here is a prayer I offer for each of us and all God’s people.

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. (3 John 2)

Amen.

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