Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

Put off, Put On, Part 2

Eph 4:28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.

We have a continuation of what to put off and put on. Put off stealing, that is the 8th commandment, “you shall not steal”. The remedy is to put on hard work lest idleness lead you to steal. And whoever has sinned in any kind ought the more zealously to practice the opposite virtue. Those who work hard will have something to give and be no longer a burden and nuisance, but a blessing to family and neighbors.

1Tim 5:8, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever“.

The support of relatives and servants is referred to in this vs by Paul. We grew up on this biblical principle to care for our own, and as children and grandchildren to not neglect but support aged parents. Anyone who does not provide for his own family (wife and children, or aged parents), has practically denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

Faith without love and its works is dead; “for the subject matter of faith is not mere opinion, but the grace and truth of God, to which he that believes gives up his spirit, as he that loves gives up his heart“, Mack.

Faith does not set aside natural duties, but strengthens them”, Bengel.

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