Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Sunday, November 17, 2019

Theme: AWAKE TO RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SIN NOT

Text: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” – 1 Timothy 2:9,10.

Comment: Jesus Christ suffered and died to save us from our sins. We should show appreciation to God by endeavouring to live righteously and godly in this present life. St. Paul states: “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” – 2 Corinthians 5:15.

The lawless and disobedient ones will get their rewards in due time; we should not follow them. Said St. Peter: “But these, as natural brut beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, …as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: …These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” – 2 Peter 2:12-17.

As those travelling to the antitypical land of Canaan, we should not comport ourselves as if our hopes are in this life. St. Peter admonished us thus: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.” -1 Peter 2:11, 12.