Saturday, September 3, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Saturday

Read: Matthew 23:29-36 and Psalm 119:33-40

Jesus pulls no punches in his scathing attack on the Pharisees. He promises that God will send people whom the Pharisees will whip, torture, and kill, thereby bringing the blood of their fathers’ transgressions upon themselves. They claim to be better than their ancestors, but really are not. They are as full of hatred and hypocrisy as anyone else.

Jesus has no patience for hypocrisy. To say one thing and do another is wrong. It is the very antithesis of God, because God does exactly what he promises, whereas hypocrites do the exact opposite. Hypocrisy is an extension of selfishness – it feels good, and it makes a person feel justified, but it is in its essence a lie.
Don’t be like the Pharisees. Don’t be filled with hatred or hypocrisy. Don’t say one thing and do another. Live up to the standard that Jesus modeled for us.

Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.

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