I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions
and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught:
For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites,
and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
AVOID THEM. Oooo, that's good for me to hear this morning on our National Day of Prayer.
My take-away is simply, beware of focusing on things that are not THE MAIN THING: the Gospel. As we pray today, let us all pray according to THE MAIN THING. May we all be reminded throughout the day what THE MAIN THING is.
Sorry to be so focused on Romans (can you tell I'm hanging out in this book lately?!?) but this is a good summary of what THE MAIN THING is for me:
Romans 5:6, 8 (emphasis mine) which says:
For while we were still weak, at the right time
Christ died for the ungodly...
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners
CHRIST DIED FOR US.
So, let us pray today as we remember that CHRIST DIED FOR US. Yes, Christ died for MY sins. That certainly is motivation enough for me to pray fervently for the Gospel of Christ to go forth for His glory alone!