Observation: Every time there's only one chapter I fear I'll have nothing to talk about! But all scripture is good--right? And so is God! So of course, I found something to talk about! Look at verse 17..."My friends, I beg you to watch out for anyone who causes trouble and divides the church by refusing to do what all of you were taught. Stay away from them!"
Application: First, I pray I'm never one of those troublemakers. Wallace and my Dad would disagree, but I pray that I only cause righteous waves! Second, I know these people--in churches, in families, in life! And they apparently had them in Rome, and in Kennesaw and to the ends of the Earth! Look out for where you are being contentious just because. Look out for those who only want you and our church and our Church harm! Be in prayer for them, and for us. Let us build churches and families so centered in God that evil cannot overtake it!
Prayer: Prince of Peace--Hear our prayers. For Peace. For Justice. For Righteousness. For Mercy. Come over us and help us see the places that evil is and give us the strength to fight it. Give us your armor, and protect us! In your powerful name we pray. Amen