Then he said to them, “Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern, would not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?” But they were unable to answer his question.
Jesus had just healed a man in front of the Pharisees, the religious leaders, on the Sabbath day. This broke the Jewish law, which banned any sort of work on the day of rest. However, Jesus tells them that Love takes precedence over the law. The Pharisees (and many people today) are stuck in an “either-or” mindset. Either you keep the law and are in…or you don’t and are out. Jesus is saying we need a non-dualistic, “both-and” mindset. I both keep the law as my foundation…and break it when Love requires it. Following the rules can make someone “right” but also quite harsh and heartless. Compassion and forgiveness require a transformed, non-judgmental heart. Think for a moment just how imperfect we all are and how often we have turned our backs on God. Then think how God loves us and forgives us without exception. Allow that thought to settle in your soul.
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