O Soul, in every word and act, offer hope. Show love. Build faith. Point the way. Promote peace. Tell the truth. Put away harshness and bitterness. Exercise patience. Avoid dead-end discussions and pointless debates. You must try the spirits, test all teachings, expose error, and stop the mouths of those who lead others astray, but at the same time you must provide a vision of the health of soul and hope of eternity that the benevolent God has revealed. Truth and love are two sides of the same divine coin of salvation. One without the other is useless. The world is sinking in its own destruction. Offer them Christ.

Today’s devotional uses the first phrase of Hebrews 12.15. What a great responsibility we have to each other as the family of God!

Christians are compared to a band of pilgrims. While on their journey, they must check for stragglers. Has anyone been left behind? It is easy to wander off the path. In so doing, the believer “turns away from the living God,” Hebrews 3:14-16. He “misses the grace of God,” Hebrews 12:15. Through carelessness, he loses his salvation. Hence, believers are advised to be watchful.

Focus question: How to recognize if someone is beginning to miss the grace of God?

Never let down your guard against the possibility of losing your salvation. Satan refuses to give up his efforts against you. The world exerts a constant pull toward its attractions. The flesh calls at every turn. Rest in God’s peace and power, but do not relax in the war against temptation. Be vigilant. Be aware of the dangers that surround you. O Soul, do all that is necessary to preserve that most precious gift from God.

O Soul, be saved in Christ by the grace of the God who desires your presence among his people. Understand what God has done in Christ to redeem you. Know what you must do to free yourself from sin. Enter the way of Christ by the word of God and stay in this way forever. The Holy Spirit will wash you clean and keep you free from falling. Rejoice in this truth, together with all the saints who stand with you. Find this hope and surrender it not.