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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Daily Devotion for October 25, 2017

<i>Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery</i>,
Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery, anonymous contemporary work done for the Evangelical Society of Mafa, a French mission in North Cameroon.



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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Prayer for Morning

In the morning when I rise, I give praise to my God, who shows His glory in the sun. O Lord God, you are the source of all warmth, all light, all sustenance. You brings us out of the darkness of ignorance and the blindness of death every day, that we might remember who made us and who sustains us. Your sun is a promise, that the night of death will end and you will rise again, and with you, all who confess the name of your blessed Son, Christ Jesus.

Let me remember you when I rise and all the day, my God, every waking moment; and let me sleep each night in peace, confident that I will rise with your sun once again, in the time you have chosen for me.


For Open Eyes

Lord Jesus, light of the world, open my eyes to notice the magnificence of creation. Open my eyes that I may always value and appreciate all who are part of my life. Open my eyes that I may be quick to notice when people are going through difficulties. Open my eyes so that I share your vision and see truly and deeply, outside of myself.


For Faith

Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my mind. Give me a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity, so that I may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.

<i>Jesus and Woman with Crosses</i>, contemporary, artist unknown.
Jesus and Woman with Crosses, by leti, contemporary.

Psalm 84:1-3 (NKJV)

How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, even faints
For the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home,
And the swallow a nest for herself,
Where she may lay her young —
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
They will be always praising You.

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1 Corinthians 7:1-11 (ESV)

Principles for Marriage

Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another.

To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife.

Notes on the Scripture

The very odd thing about this passage is Paul's encouragement of married couples to have sex. And even odder, he realizes that women can have a sex drive and tells husbands that it is their duty to satisfy their wives' needs!


aul does encourage people to abstinence, not because there is anything wrong with sex, but because it interferes with service to Christ. But he recognizes that, like all gifts, the gift of chastity is not given to all. (He elaborates on the diversity of gifts at some length in Chapter 12, his famous essay about the diversity of gifts among Christians, comparing the church to a body and members to various parts.)

But again, oddly, although he mildly encourages people not to marry, if they do marry, he encourages them to intimacy.

His words about divorce echo those of Christ. Paul, however, recognizes that women as well as men can end a marriage. A woman could not initiate a divorce at law, but she could certainly leave her husband and take up with a new man. The passage even seems to grant such a second relationship the status of a “marriage,” although it appears to forbid (or at least strongly discourage) the practice.

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Comments (13)

Topic: Daily Prayer and Christian Devotional
linda (winnipeg canada.) says...
When I saw this painting this a.m.i thought because I live in canada I never think of Jesus being black.Thats all I thought! Certainly nothing more about what that person was going on about.Thankyou for this site Mason.
25th October 2017 3:42pm
I am a divorced woman and l have been alone for over 5yrs and l stayed celibate since then . I would love to be in a relationship again but reading 1 Corinthians 7 1-11 Paul does not encourage this what the scripture says is l have to return to my husband and work things out with him but how do l do that as he is the one who cheated and he's the one who initiated divorce proceedings and also he married the woman he cheated on me with. My children are grown up and they are leaving home one ... Read More
25th October 2017 1:54am
Lorraine says...
Mans rejection is Gods Protection!! God wants you to have a happy life, you cannot return to your husband he has married again. You must go forward receive the love you deserve and God will guide you!!
25th October 2017 2:08am
John Phoenix (Nashville, US) says...
NOH, I am so sorry about what your ex has done to you. Let not your heart be troubled, though. He is the adulterer and you are exonerated of any wrong doing. I am in total agreement with Lorraine. You are not living in sin. He is. Go and live your life and God will bless you for your faithfulness. GOD BLESS YOU, NOH. Figuratively, shake the adulterating sands of your ex-hubby from your sandals and enjoy your life that remains.
25th October 2017 2:21am
Thank you
26th October 2017 4:32am
AnnMarie Leung (South Orange, US) says...
I am not please with the painting of most of these pictures, because most of the painting of these painting are stereotyping blacks in a negative way. The one before blessed are the meek was a painting of a black family. Even though there is nothing wrong with being poor, I felt that most of the painting depict black in such a negative way. Now I am seeing this painting of an adulterous woman and guess what? A black woman! WOW!!
25th October 2017 9:14am
Mason says...
Jesus Christ is also black in the painting. It was painted in Africa! Do you think black Africans must paint white people???
25th October 2017 9:17am
Julie (Lena, US) says...
The reply to this comment is very rude Mason. There's so many other comments who could have used your encouraging reply but yet you choose to reply to this one instead in such a rude way! I really enjoy this site and it help me on my spiritual journey but I think it's important that we think before we speak especially when God has trusted us to be in a position to Lead and speak on his behalf! Praying for you! No one is perfect so I hope your day is better tommrow!
25th October 2017 2:54pm
Susan (US) says...
I'm pretty sure Jesus and his followers were not white ! pretty sure they were darker skinned.
25th October 2017 11:57am
Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
AnnMarie, Please no not bring racism to such a peaceful place as this! Thank You.
25th October 2017 2:29pm
Riggz (Florida, US) says...
I am in a very similar situation. I spend time meditating and praying. I pray that God will heal, take care of and protect my ex wife. In an unusual way it benefits me and edifies me spiritually. By giving I receive. Focus on what God reveals to you in your quiet time. Practically speaking, change some of your daily routines and possibly you will bump into a Godly man. Smile
25th October 2017 10:47am
Roxanne says...
You did nothing wrong .....everything happens for a reason .
25th October 2017 12:52pm
Riggz (Florida, US) says...
I am in a very similar situation. I spend time meditating and praying. I pray that God will heal, take care of and protect my ex wife. In an unusual way it benefits me and edifies me spiritually. By giving I receive. Focus on what God reveals to you in your quiet time. Practically speaking, change some of your daily routines and possibly you will bump into a Godly man. Smile
25th October 2017 3:21pm
Diane (Tulsa, US) says...
The inspiration today really spoke to me. I had a similar experience as a child. We are all works of art in God’s eyes and have the power to help others see their gifts.
24th October 2017 10:48pm
Joyce (US) says...
My Life is But a Weaving...what a beautiful and timely reminder as I begin my day. Thank you.
24th October 2017 10:17am
Suzanne (Indian River, US) says...
Jenny, I too had a teacher that designated the first row of desks as “the dumb row.” Yes, on occasion I sat in that row. Complete humiliation! I was never dumb, just a little lazy. The next row had a higher rating and so on with the final row being the smartest. It definitely had an impact on my inner self for years. I finally realized through the years and with the help of my husband who believes I am one of the smartest people he knows, that I am not a dumb person after all! I wish I had ... Read More
24th October 2017 10:10am
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