The Big Read – Daily Read
v3a: When we consider what we were like before God saved us, it should “reduce pride” and stop us being “impatient and bitter, harsh and severe,” and produce hope toward those who currently are as we once were.
v3b: We were foolish, “lacking true spiritual understanding and knowledge, ignorant of heavenly things”; disobedient, “headstrong and hardhearted, resisting the word and rebellious”; deceived, “wandering from the ways of truth and holiness”; enslaved, “worldly people think they simply enjoy their pleasures, [but] the Word calls it slavery”; living in malice and envy, desiring “another’s harm and [rejoicing] in it” and begrudging and complaining at another’s good; hateful and detesting one another, “those who are sinful, living and indulging themselves in sin, are hateful to God and all good people.”
Devotional notes adapted from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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