Today’s Reading: Proverbs 22:22-29
Daily Lectionary: Proverbs 22:22-23:12; St. John 18:15-40
“Make no friendship with a man given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” (Proverbs 22:24-25)
Perhaps a good companion passage here would be the one that says we are called to be in the world, but not of the world.
Obviously we have to be in the world. We eat, we sleep, we drink, we go to school, work, and play. All our activities are in the world.
Drugs, alcohol, abortion, homosexuality are things of this world as well. But we don’t have to condone or do them ourselves.
The writer of Proverbs is encouraging us to not dwell with the bad habits of the world, lest they become our habits too.
What does this mean? Wrap yourself in the Word of God, so that the things of this world don’t have a chance to take root.
You are Baptized. Be in the Divine Service and receive our Lord’s Body and Blood. Visit your pastor that you might receive individual Absolution.
As you are filled with these gifts of God, you will be strengthened for the journeys and battles that the World will place before you.
“Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us Your gifts of faith, hope, and love that we may receive the forgiveness You have promised and love what You have commanded; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.” (Collect for Proper 6, LSB series C)
Trinity 2007 Reflections were written by the Rev. Michael Scudder, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.
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