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Daily Devotional – February 13

VOCABULARY WEEK

PYRRHIC VICTORY: (pronounced PIR-ik) is a victory won at excessive costs. A ruinous victory.

Usage: “Technically it was a victory for the British, who attacked the patriot fortifications — but a Pyrrhic victory if ever there was: out of 2,200 British soldiers 1,034 were killed or wounded, including one in nine of all the officers the British lost in the whole war.” — Geoffrey Wheatcroft, “A Revolutionary Itinerary”, The Atlantic, April 2001

There was a Christian man who had developed rapport with an atheist. The atheist, in conversational habit, would take the name of God in vain repeatedly and without thought. One day, the Christian man grew weary of the language and asked the man to stop. Immediately a wall formed between the two men–an impenetrable barrier that prohibited the kind of open communication they had shared before.

As Christians, in our zeal to see the right thing done, we often forget that our battle is against principalities of darkness, not against people and our weapons are spiritual, (righteousness and love), not physical.

Failure to realize this, often pits us against the wrong faction using the wrong weapons.  Consequently the battles we may win are much more costly than they are worth.

1John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

As Christians we must be carefully and prayerfully aware of the fine balance between being right and being ruinous.

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February 13, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional

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