“Go and learn what this saying means: ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus called people who were aware of their need for forgiveness. Those who considered themselves righteous would not listen.
Some use the ritual of religion to prove their worthiness before God. Jesus rejected justification on this basis. Selective obedience (sacrifice but not mercy) is no obedience at all.
#VOTD #mercy #sacrifice
“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare what God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole town what Jesus had done for him.”
Whatever Jesus’ reason for not permitting the man cured of demon possession to accompany him, he gave him a great mission, so that the next time the Lord entered the region, he was well received.
Today, we can do both: go with Jesus and go out declaring what God has done for us.
#VOTD #salvation #mission
“If only we had been satisfied to live on the other side of the Jordan! O Lord, what can I say now that Israel has retreated before its enemies?”
As Israel’s leader, Joshua reacted badly to their first defeat, because of sin, after crossing into the promised land.
What could Joshua have said that would have showed faith and confidence in God’s plan? How do we show negative and positive attitudes when defeats and reversals appear?
#VOTD #despair #faith
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”
Romans 13.11 ESV
Saints must love one another and live for Christ. The longer they live, the more care they must take in their spiritual walk.
Why do we have a tendency to relax the longer we are in Christ?
“The people responded, ‘Far be it from us to abandon the Lord so we can worship other gods!'”
At the end of his work, Joshua urges the people to reject idolatry and serve only the Lord. The people’s confidence in their affirmation did not always translate into coherent action.
Israel’s response reminds one of Peter’s declaration to never deny the Lord. How could both have improved their responses?
#VOTD #confidence #action
“So I want younger women to marry, raise children, and manage a household, in order to give the adversary no opportunity to vilify us. For some have already wandered away to follow Satan.”
1 Timothy 5.14-15
The apostle Paul considered laziness and gossip two severe sins that ruined examples.
Fulfilling well our God-given roles brings glory to his name.
#VOTD #Satan #sin
“When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.”
A society flourishes when righteousness prevails. Righteousness and wickedness cannot coexist.
In what ways do righteous people bless a society?
#VOTD #righteousness #society