Scripture of the day
Matt 5:44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
TakeAway from Scripture
- “You nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition”
- “Their teachings are merely human rules”
- “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth comes from the heart, and these defile them.
What traditions do I have that do not line up with the will or the word of God, whether its present, from past history or family traditions?
What rules do I partake in with society that are purely human and self serving that displeases the heart of God.
My Thoughts and Reflections
This passage took me all the way back to slavery. It made me think of all the ways, traditions and rules that were added to the scriptures to enhance the production of systematic slavery. They had the word of a God as a guide but like the Pharisees they added their own rules, laws and teachings to enslave groups and classes of people for generations. They adapted human rules and what came out of them came directly from their hearts. Scripture says, from out of the heart comes evil thoughts. We can love to the extreme and hate to the extreme. It’s scary if you really think about it, that our heart, an organ that beats, bleeds, loves, aches, and with every emotion under the sun can be so wicked from just one thought. Yet the flip side of that is, I’m baffled that its still Jesus desire that we are all saved and He died for all. A love so unconditional, a love so extreme.