Good morning my sisters in Christ-
Good morning and may this day be blessed with the wonder of Jesus. Yesterday, I watched my son play basketball and I saw how much fun he had. I am so worried that if he doesn't play he will regret it. I can tell him what to do but that doesn't mean it's the plan God has for Him. Sometimes I think we believe we know best. We have the experience and the age to direct the young and yet, how do we know their path? I think about all of us like that. We were told to teach the word of God but many interpret what God said and often misinterpret it. So I want to be careful that I always ask God to direct my tongue and guidance to His will. Knowing the laws are good, teaching the truth is good but at the end of all our wisdom and knowledge, we are just humans. Jesus is the divine teacher and His words are truth in the fullest sense of the word.
So as I have told you, we will look at another passage of what Jesus said to His disciples and the crowds around Him. He spent His last days teaching them and sharing so much more than the law. He taught them grace, humility and love. Often, when we rebuke someone it's with a prideful heart. Judgement comes easy to those that believe they know better than someone else. That wasn't Jesus. He spent time talking in love so that we would understand the true meaning of His love. Many passages are spoken in parable, this one is not. It is a straight warning to be careful of men that speak the law but do not fulfill it with love. As you read it, hear His words to all of us. The Pharisees were not the only ones that have fought against selfishness, power and glory for themselves. We will all fight it. It's in Jesus that we will have victory so as you read the words, remember them and teach grace, offer love and protect the weak.
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” (Luke 20:45-47 NIV)
My prayer today:
O, Lord, speak to us as You did to the disciples through these words. Help us to understand love over judgement. Give us the ability to teach in love and to be one with You. Our lives depend on Your love and we want others to know Your gentle Spirit and Your humbling guidance. We want to be women that pray prayers that will stand on Your words. We want to love and not be selfish. We pray that the women all over the world will unite against judgement and find You in the hearts of women everywhere. We wait upon You in these next couple of weeks to penetrate our hearts with Your words. May the women that read this blog grow closer to You as they draw near. In Jesus Name, Amen