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August 2

1 Timothy 1, 8–11

Something to read

Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it legitimately. This means understanding that the law is laid down not for the innocent but for the lawless and disobedient, for the godless and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their father or mother, for murderers, fornicators, sodomites, slave-traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to the sound teaching that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

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To read the King James Version click here.

Something to think about 

We don’t want to be legalistic in our faith; however, there are some laws that stand. Paul explains that the law is for the big issues in life. We do actually need to worry about justice.

'Slave-traders' sounds so old fashioned and like something we don’t need to worry about. Yet it couldn’t be more of a current problem. Modern slavery takes different forms. The two most common forms are human trafficking for the sex industry and abuse of domestic workers. While in some cases they may not technically be slaves, they may as well be for the lack of freedom and abuse they receive.

The very point of law is to stop people abusing other humans, not to worry about how much we understand, pray or act as Christians.  

Something to do

The UK recently refused to sign up to an international convention that hopes to protect domestic workers. Follow this link and support Christian Aid and its partners in trying to get the government to do the right thing.

Something to pray

Infinite God, help me to stop worrying about the minutiae of life, but rather to understand the bigger picture. Help me to stand up and fight injustice.

Today's daily reading was provided by Charlotte Haines Lyon.


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