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Daily Verse: “Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel;” Prov. 25:4
Silversmiths remove dross from the silver, the imperfections that take away its value. By applying heat to the metal, the impurities float to the top, allowing the silversmith to skim them off, creating pure silver.
Solomon uses the analogy of purifying silver to purify a nation. By removing wicked leaders, righteous leaders remain. Followers of Christ produce good fruit, leading with humility and valuing others before themselves. By analyzing the fruit, you can determine who people follow. Selfish people only think of themselves.
Of course, we all battle selfishness and a sinful nature. As we endure the fires of life, applying God’s word and following Him obediently, we will become more like Jesus. Through Christ, we become righteous. Become a moldable vessel for the Lord. Let Him remove the dross from your life, becoming pure in Christ.
Submitting our lives to Jesus will lead us along the path of righteousness, where we will find abundant life.
Lord, thank You for purifying us and helping us become more like Jesus. Guide and direct us in all we do so that we can honor and glorify Your Name. Make us teachable; strengthen us to obey Your commands and follow You. IJNIP. Amen