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“And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” Matthew 18:17

We all need to be corrected sometimes; and rather than resenting the process, we need to value it. How else can we learn?

The verse above is from a passage that describes the scriptural method of correction. Go alone to the person who has offended you. If they won’t listen, take one or two others with you and try again. If that doesn’t work, take it to the Church.

The whole purpose of this procedure is restoration: “thou hast gained thy brother”. If both parties seek to have a right spirit, then correction will be given and received properly, and a relationship will be saved.

Prayer: Lord, show me if there is any relationship that I need to mend. Maybe I need to lovingly confront someone, or maybe I am the one who wronged someone else. Let me value correction and preserve my friendships.

Devotion by Liane Grant

“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.” 1 Timothy 4:14

Our spiritual gifts are something that we must not neglect; we need to value them. Each of us have been uniquely called and equipped for a special place of service in God’s Kingdom.

Sometimes we become aware of our spiritual gift through the prophecy or prayer of another person. And that doesn’t mean it is fully developed instantly. Sometimes the seed is planted, and we have to grow into it by using it.

What spiritual gifts has God placed in you? Are you an administrator, an evangelist or a teacher? Do you have a ministry of compassion, of helps or of encouragement? Whatever gift has been given to you, guard it carefully but also make sure it grows!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the spiritual gifts You have given me. Help me to develop them and use them to further Your kingdom.

Devotion by Liane Grant

“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” Hebrews 2:3

Throughout the Bible, we find many references to things that we should not neglect or forget. These are precious things that we need to pay close attention to, and we should value them.

The most important thing we need to guard is our salvation. Jesus purchased it through a cruel death on Calvary, and it is a precious gift that we need to hold close to our heart.

One way that salvation is neglected is when we do not keep our hearts pure before God. Of course we will make mistakes, but we need to repent quickly and ask the Lord’s help to avoid that temptation in the future. Our salvation is worth guarding!

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the gift of salvation. Remind me every day of how precious it is, and help me to value it.

Devotion by Liane Grant