Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, and the lessons I can learn from people like Gideon - who was a faithful servant, and the speed with which pride entered the heart of his son Abimelech. I see how quickly wickedness and apostasy can infiltrate a church or community, when the rule of law is discarded and righteous judgement is removed from an individual; a family; a church or a nation. Examine my heart I pray, and if there are any seeds of evil within - cleanse me of any evil motives. Purify my heart and may I grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus day by day. This I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.