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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Burdened for Others

I . . . tell you even weeping.
PHILIPPIANS 3:18

The essence of true religion is to love God with our whole being and our neighbour as ourselves. Paul states that to love our neighbour as ourselves fulfils the whole law (Gal. 5:14).

In Romans 10:1 the great apostle tells us what his hearts desire was. It was to see his kinsmen saved by the grace of God. In the previous chapter he said, I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh (Rom. 9:2, 3). Pauls heart ached with sorrow and a loving desire. He sorrowed at the prospect of his kinsmen going to hell, and he passionately longed that they might turn to Christ and be saved.

Here in Philippians Paul weeps as he warns against following the examples of seducers and evil teachers (Phil. 3:18-19). Many who profess Christs name in reality are the enemies of the cross of Christ, for though they claim a saving interest in Christ, their sinful and idolatrous lives are a flagrant denial of the true faith. Paul does not mince his words when it comes to defending the purity of the gospel. He is perfectly right to denounce false teachers whose religion will take souls to hell rather than heaven.

Like his Master, the Lord Jesus, who wept over Jerusalem (Matt. 23:37), Paul longed to see people saved and nurtured in the truth. Such should be the heart desire of all Christians. Are you burdened for others?

He who has no experience of the love of Christ for others very likely has no saving knowledge of the love of Christ at all.
Alexander Simpson

This daily devotional is updated automatically daily from the Eagles' Wings daily devotional
book published by the Free Presbyterian Church
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