“I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”
The scribes and Pharisees believed they were doing everything right. They held people strictly to the letter of the law…and they believed as religious leaders they were beyond reproach. Everything was “white” and “black”…in or out. They, of course, were in. They didn’t need forgiveness. But everyone needs forgiveness because everyone messes up. We are all flawed and imperfect. The so-called “sinners”…like the tax collectors and prostitutes…allowed Jesus to reach out to them. They knew they needed forgiveness. Life is not about being right…but it is about being in right relationship with each other and with God. God wants to be with us in our brokenness. God wants to forgive us. Didn’t Jesus show this quite plainly? When we allow God to forgive us and when we freely pass on this forgiveness to others…the kingdom of God breaks into the present. You can start entering right now! Loving God, forgive us as we forgive others…and may Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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