Matthew 12: At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
“Look at those people sinning” I sneered. I was talking about “that” church with all of “those” people. “They aren’t following the Bible” I quipped.
- I have been judgmental.
- I have been condemning.
- I have been a stickler for the law and not for grace.
After stopping a few sins, I felt I ‘earned” the right to point out someone else’s flaws. I mean I was near perfection right? Dreadfully wrong!
- GOD wanted me to know “All have sinned and fall short of HIS glory” and I am included in the “all.”
- GOD wanted me to know HE desires mercy not sacrifice.
- GOD wanted me to know the law is fulfilled through JESUS, not through my actions.
I follow GOD’s laws because of JESUS, not the other way around. I cannot get more righteous by following a few rules and breaking others. GOD wants me to seek HIS mercy for me and those around me.
- Are you commenting on “those” people?
- Are you pointing fingers at someone else?
- Can you stop condemning others before GOD condemns you?
- Will you seek GOD’s mercy today for you and those around you who you are accusing?