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Love like God, Be Patient like Christ, Be Committed like our Redeemer
Part of my reading this morning is a test of faith so as not to allow Satan to outwit us for we already know his tricks of destroying his prey through the Holy Spirit whom God has put in our hearts as our Helper and His guarantee that we only belong to Him (2Cor. 1:22).

Alongside our temporal journey here on earth are thorny and bumpy roads representing all kinds of problems that we encounter like troublesome people and unwelcome circumstances. Most often we wonder why those who are close to our hearts are the ones who bring us pain making it humanly unforgivable because they are least expected to give us trouble and pain.

My reading this morning in 2Cor. 2:7-11 says, “I also wrote because I wanted to test you and find out if you would follow my instructions. I will forgive anyone you forgive. Yes, for your sake and with Christ as my witness, I have forgiven whatever needed to be forgiven. I have done this to keep Satan from getting the better of us. We all know what goes on in his mind.”

The Apostle Paul is right to warn us not to allow Satan to rob our joy and our crowns that God has prepared for all the overcomers. Rev. 3:11 says, “I am coming soon. So hold firmly to what you have, and no one will take away the crown you will be given as your reward.”

Love like God. Be patient like Christ. Be committed like our Redeemer.