October 18

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44; 1 Timothy 3:1-16; Psalm 88:1-18; Proverbs 25:20-22

Personal accountability is a part of God’s plan. When people try to skirt accountability, they are trying to short-cut the growth process. There can be no growth without accountability. Love gives us a safe environment were we can pursue growth.

But, love alone does not cause us to grow. We need truth. Truth is the accountability factor that we cannot live without. No one is above truth. There was a time in the Old Testament when the sins of the parents would accrue to the children. So regardless of how the children lived their lives, they were propelled forward or held back by their parents actions.

God said this will no longer happen. To quote an old saying, “Every tub has to stand on its own bottom.” In other words, we are responsible for our own actions. Receive God’s love but also receive His truth. Love and truth will sustain us.

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Jeremiah 33:1-34:22; 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 25:23-24

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