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Devoted and Diligent
by PamFord Davis
10/22/18
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Diligence… when was the last time that word came up in casual conversation?

“Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life (Proverbs 4:23 NASB).”

Diligent: showing persistent and hard-working effort in doing something ‘Encarta Dictionary: English (North America)’

Does that describe you?

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage,
But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty (Proverbs 21:5 NASB).”

I believe that diligence, discipline and devotion are closely related.

Diligence requires self-discipline (self-control).

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, ‘self-control:’* against such things there is no law (Galatians 5:22-23 NASB).” [*my emphasis]

If a man is truly devoted to his wife and family, he’ll discipline himself. He will be diligent in his work. As a good husband and father, devotion and love will be motivating factors.

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord (Romans 12:10-11 NASB).”

We serve the coming Lord…

“But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless (2 Peter 3:13-14 NASB).”




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