Prayer for the day
Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me under the shadow of your wings.
Scripture for the day
Most of us really don’t want to deceive other people. We genuinely desire to tell the truth, or at least our version of the truth. And that’s where our trouble begins. It’s difficult to know sometimes what the truth really is, and sometimes even harder to actually embrace it.
In the First Testament, Daniel had a vision from God. It was the vision of multiple kingdoms that would rise up, only to be finally dominated by God’s kingdom. On of these kingdoms, however, would rise higher than the others. It would be intentionally harmful to the kingdom of God, speaking all kinds of falsehoods and lies, spewing venom and hatred. This seems like harsh language to apply, but the scriptures seem to indicate that anything that would take away glory from God must be viewed as deception and hatred of the way of God.
The writer of 2 John would certainly agree with these sentiments. He says that there are people in the world whose spirits are the spirits of Anti-Christ…that is, they are against Jesus and the way Jesus would have us live. Instead, they are contentious, angry, deceptive spirits that seek to lead the people of God away from the God they serve, and into darkness.
The people of God, cautions John, ought to have nothing to do with this kind of talk or deception. The people of God ought to be far removed from the kind of life that would lead people away from the truth and into serious error and eventual death.
May we be so removed that this kind of talk is not even a blip on the radar.