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Clinging to What’s Good

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December 10, 2022 7:00 pm

Clinging to What’s Good

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December 10, 2022 7:00 pm

When we park our car near an open field and walk across it to get to our house, we almost always get some sticky cockleburs on our clothes—especially in the fall. These tiny “hitchhikers” attach to clothing, shoes, or whatever is passing by and ride to their next destination. It’s nature’s way of spreading cocklebur seeds in my local field and around the world.

As I try to carefully remove clinging cockleburs, I’ve often thought about the message that admonishes believers in Jesus to “cling to what is good” (Roman 12:9). When we’re trying to love others, it can be challenging. However, as the Holy Spirit helps us hold on to what’s good with all we have, we can repel evil and be “sincere” in our love as He guides us (v. 9).

Cocklebur seeds don’t fall off with a mere brush of the hand, they hang on to you. And when we focus on what’s good, keeping our mind on God’s mercy, compassion, and commands, we too—in His strength—can hang on tightly to those we love. He helps us stay “devoted to one another in love,” remembering to place other’s needs before our own (v. 10).

Yes, those cockleburs can be challenging, but they also remind me to cling to others in love and by God’s power to grip tightly “what is good” (v. 9; see also Philippians 4:8–9).

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Welcome to today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional. Our reading, titled Clinging to What's Good, was written by Katerra Patton. When we park our car near an open field and walk across it to get to our house, we almost always get some sticky cockleburs on our clothes, especially in the fall.

These tiny hitchhikers attach to clothing, shoes, or whatever is passing by and ride to their next destination. It's nature's way of spreading cocklebur seeds in my local field and around the world. As I try to carefully remove clinging cockleburs, I've often thought about the message that admonishes believers in Jesus to cling to what is good in Romans 12. When we're trying to love others, it can be challenging. However, as the Holy Spirit helps us hold on to what's good with all we have, we can repel evil and be sincere in our love as He guides us.

Cocklebur seeds don't fall off with a mere brush of the hand. They hang on to you. And when we focus on what's good, keeping our mind on God's mercy, compassion, and commands, we too, in His strength, can hang on tightly to those we love. He helps us stay devoted to one another in love, remembering to place others' needs before our own.

Yes, those cockleburs can be challenging, but they also remind me to cling to others in love and by God's power to grip tightly what is good. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Romans chapter 12, verses 9 through 13. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love.

Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need.

Practice hospitality. Let's pray. Dear God, remind us to cling with all our might to what's good, to cling to Jesus. We want to reflect your love to others. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Thanks for listening today. My name is Toni Collier, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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