What Jesus Did! 'Not Against Us!' — Mark 9:40

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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[Jesus said,] "Anyone who is not against us is for us."
— Mark 9:40 NLT

Key Thought

Christianity faces enough opposition in the world without Christians fighting and devouring each other because they think of each other as enemies. Jesus' words here are powerfully universal and clear — notice that the use of the word "anyone" is general. If people don't oppose us, they aren't our enemies! In fact, Jesus says even more than that: They are "for us;" they are working to benefit the cause of Jesus and his followers.

Today's Prayer

Father, I pray that those of us who seek to honor you will quit treating each other as enemies but rather will always support and encourage each other. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 17:20-21
  • Romans 12:18
  • 3 John 1:5-8

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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