Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Wednesday

Read: Matthew 12:14-21 and Psalm 75

Sometimes the better part of valor is to simply withdraw. Some people, because of their envy, will be blind or have their hearts hardened. It is the part of prudence and Christian love not to provoke the blind and the hardened; and not to take from them the occasion of sin. On this occasion, Jesus had a run-in with the Pharisees over healing a man on the Sabbath. He withdrew from there and went elsewhere.

Jesus healed many people in the new place. One has to wonder how many would have been healed had he been able to stay where he was. The Pharisees’ refusal to accept Jesus’ healing and teaching cost many people who otherwise might have come to believe.
How does our disobedience and disbelief affect the lives of innocent people around us? What do you need to do about it?

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