Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread Devotional Sunday 13 March 2022 | Warts and All

Our Daily Bread Devotional | Warts and All

Our Daily Bread Devotional Sunday 13 March 2022 | Warts and All

Our Daily Bread Devotional Sunday 13 March 2022 | Warts and All

Read today’s Our Daily Bread devotional titled WARTS AND ALL today Sunday 13 March 2022.

KEY VERSE: Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

Today’s Scripture: Colossians 3:12–15

Oliver Cromwell, known as the “Protector of England,” was a military commander in the seventeenth century. It was common practice during those days for people of importance to have their portraits painted. And it wasn’t unusual for an artist to avoid depicting the less attractive aspects of a person’s face. Cromwell, however, wanted nothing to do with a likeness that would flatter him. He cautioned the artist, “You must paint me just as I am—warts and all—or I won’t pay you.”

Apparently, the artist complied. The finished portrait of Cromwell displays a couple of prominent facial warts that in the present day would surely be filtered or airbrushed before being posted on social media.

The expression “warts and all” has come to mean that people should be accepted just as they are—with all their annoying faults, attitudes, and issues. In some cases, we feel that’s too difficult a task. Yet, when we take a hard inward look, we might find some pretty unattractive aspects of our own character.

We’re grateful that God forgives our “warts.” And in Colossians 3, we’re taught to extend grace to others. The apostle Paul encourages us to be more patient, kind, and compassionate—even to those who aren’t easy to love. He urges us to have a forgiving spirit because of the way God forgives us (vv. 12–13). By His example, we’re taught to love others the way God loves us—warts and all. By:  Cindy Hess Kasper

Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 20–22, Mark 13:21–37

REFLECT: What faults do you find in others that are hard to accept or forgive? How can you follow God’s example in the way you interact with others?

PRAYER: Loving God, show me my shortcomings or flaws that detract from letting others know who You are. Help me to be more patient and to love and forgive as You do.

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Our Daily Bread Devotional Sunday 13 March 2022 | Warts and All

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