I must admit that when it comes to assembling or installing new things, my default position is the stereotypical male's--I want to do it without reading the directions. But I have discovered over the years that when I do this, I usually end up with a mess. So, for the most part, I now read the instructions first before launching into the project. Many people take the same approach to life. They want to get in and do it themselves without consulting the manual and they end up making a mess of things. The Bible is our life manual, and if heeded, saves us a lot of grief. Hebrews 13 is a collection of life instructions. Notice what is says. First, we need to demonstrate love by caring for others (vv1-3). Next we must protect the sanctity of marriage (v4). We should then be content with what we have (vv5-6). Honoring and following godly leaders is to our benefit (vv7-8). We need to guard our beliefs (v9). As the redeemed of God, we should bring a new sacrifice, a sacrifice of praise to God and kindness to others (vv10-16). God wants us to submit to authority (v17). Finally, we should pray for those in ministry (vv18-19). Let's not only read these instructions but let's actually do them!
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