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“Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2).

Not all have faith.  Sometimes we think that others are indifferent and simply need to be told the truth.  There are evil people who are not indifferent, but hostile.  Be loving, but firm.  Keep your eyes open, for we fight not against flesh and blood, but against principalities.  Receive the Word of the Lord and live in the truth of that revelation.  Be guided by the Lord and stand firm.

Lord, help me to have what wits I have about me all the time.  There are different kinds of people and I am to love my neighbor, but that does not mean that I do not need to keep my guard up.  Teach when to be on guard and when to be relaxed.  Help me to pray for all of the saints always.  Guide me in these good things that I would learn from You how to be faithful always.

Lord Jesus, You have come to give Yourself for our sake.  You are the Word made flesh.  You are the Good News.  Help me to receive You and live in You and to not be fooled by those who bring any other word.  Let me also be loving yet firm in doctrine so that I may hold fast to You and not be led astray.  Finally, give me a heart for all of those who have yet to receive the goodness of Your grace and mercy that they would come to know You.  Amen.