“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.”
Most of Jesus’ words were kind and gentle…except for the church leaders. The Pharisees liked to dress in fine garments and act in a self-righteous manner…holding the people to strict rules and codes without extending God’s unconditional love and mercy. Notice how Jesus never had a harsh word for any of the “sinners” he came across. God knows that each of us has impure thoughts and weaknesses…but instead of pushing us away…God draws us nearer. Jesus’ message was that God loves us anyway! Whatever the temptation or struggle is inside of you that is messing with you…God is aware of it and wants to be with you precisely in that mess…to say, “I love you and accept you.” Jesus never made someone’s worthiness an issue. He offered healing to whoever asked. This is the kind of love that transforms people! Lord, help me to extend that same kind of love and acceptance to others!
Suggested song of the day– “Make Me a Channel” on the Listen to Your Heart album.
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Have a blessed day!