Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

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. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
(Matthew 12:1-2 (NIV))

Some things never change!

Jesus had to deal with people pointing out the flaws and failures of those around them. It is sad that the very people who were making an issue of the so called flaws and failures were only trying to do this so that they would look good. These people were the established religious order and if things were not done their way, they made sure that they pointed them out.

Do you know anybody like this?

Were you like this at one point in your faith journey?

It is so easy to get caught up in thinking that what you do is the only way to do things and to interpret things that we miss out on the blessings because we are more focused on the letter and not the intent.

The Sabbath was, and still is, the day of rest. Unfortunately, things happen and life must still continue. We, as did the disciples, deal with what is needed. We, as the disciples were, are under scrutiny – under a microscope – because we profess a faith in Jesus. Some people scrutinize us because we are Christians. Others scrutinize us because we look differently or act differently than they do. Sadly, this is true even within the church.

Legalism is a deadly trap. Don’t allow others to force the letter of the law upon you. Don’t try to force it upon anyone else. Grace has purchased us. Legalism is a divisive force. Let’s focus on what unites us.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV))

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
(1 Peter 4:8 (NIV))

If God can grant us grace and mercy through the blood of Jesus, then why do we still try to hold each other accountable according to our self-imposed laws?

Love and you will soon find yourself overlooking all of the little things.

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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