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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 15, 2016

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FRIDAY, January 15

Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

In college, I met with a good friend every week to talk about faith. We’d sit out in the courtyard and try to keep each other accountable. We talked about doubts and questions—and about sin.

We’re still good friends, all these years later. We don’t talk about avoiding sin the way we did then, but we often exhort and support each other. We’ve talked to each other about relationships and jobs and helped each other make big life decisions. He’s often helped me see things about myself I couldn’t see. I would be a different person if it weren’t for his friendship.

Faith does not exist in a vacuum. Faith is a living and communal creature. When we struggle to be faithful all on our own, we fool ourselves into thinking we know ourselves better than we actually do. We all have blind spots and tend toward self-deception. On our own, it’s too easy to fool ourselves that we’ve got it all figured out. It’s only with the help of other people that we can avoid deceiving ourselves, to keep our hearts and our eyes open.

PRAY for The Church of Bangladesh

Ps 16, 17 * 22; Genesis 6:1-8; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:1-12



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