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“The greeting is in my own hand – Paul. If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:21-24).

The really are only two kinds of people in the end; those who will love the Lord and those who will not. Out of this comes all other action. Either one is drawn outward and toward the Lord, or else inward and toward themselves. The grace of the Lord extends to those who receive it and live in it. For the others, it bounces off of them. Abide with those who will encourage you in the right direction.

Lord, help me to see that this is not about cursing people, for I do not know who truly is abiding in You. Do help me protect myself against those who would tempt me to wander off and go astray. You know the truth of all people and You have already provided all that is necessary. Lead me in the truth that I may follow where You lead. Guide me according to Your goodness that I may humbly abide with You always.

Lord Jesus, You know those who are Yours. Many throughout the ages have been mean and unloving. You have commanded us to love. Yet, there are also those who will lead others astray. Guide me, O Lord, in the way of truth that I would humbly walk with You knowing that in You alone is all hope and the eternal future You have made possible through Your death and resurrection. Amen.