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Daily Devotion 3/21/2016

2 Corinthians 11:30–31// If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

How easy it is to get pulled into a competitive state of mind. One person shows off their new car and all of a sudden, wishing to mask an insecurity, we blurt out an impressive feat we have accomplished. No one was hurt, but was God in our thoughts? Or was pride driving us to “save face”? I believe, often times, the latter was the motivation. Paul combated this mind state by exalting his struggles, giving us a tremendous example. Often we strive to be accepted and loved. Sometimes going as far as compromising the truth, just to fit in. Rejection is never pleasant, but knowing that rejection from men coincides with the acceptance of God should be motivation enough. Remember that a life pleasing God will always bring opposition in a world given to sin. We are called to be servants (Mt. 23:11). Today let this inspire us all to resist the constant tug of pride and rejoice in the suffering of rejection. (Jas. 4:6)(Rom. 5:3–5).

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