TLP Inspiration: August 11, 2018

Do We Really Need Jesus?

Good Saturday from the Heartland.

 “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

– Matthew 9:12-13

In this brief statement Jesus makes a really interesting point: God desires that people seek Him and surrender to His mercy, He doesn’t just reward those who follow all of the rules.

That isn’t to say that we should behave badly; far from it.  It is to say that many people become so proud and self-righteous that they forget where they came from and entirely overlook the fact that they too need God’s mercy.  The result is that they reject the idea of forgiveness and repentance because it doesn’t occur to them that they need it.

All of us need forgiveness from God.

In quoting Hosea 6:6 in verse 13 above, Jesus calls our attention to a passage in which God is reminding Israel that their love for Him has been fleeting at best, that they have constantly turned away from Him and gone their own way.  (Just like so many of us). He points out that God’s priority is that we repent and depend upon Him rather than on ourselves. Our reliance must not be upon our ability to keep the rules and regulations, for we will inevitably stumble; our reliance must be upon God alone.

As we go through the day today, let’s place our reliance in God.  Let’s be thankful for His mercy and seek His forgiveness, humbling ourselves before Him.  Will this result in a better day?  Yes it will, for it will be a better day with eternal results.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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2 Responses to TLP Inspiration: August 11, 2018

  1. “It is to say that many people become so proud and self-righteous that they forget where they came from and entirely overlook the fact that they too need God’s mercy.”

    Decades ago a Protestant minister friend told me how he felt that the reformation churches lost something when they removed the sacrament of confession from the church. He counseled a number of people from his parish who just didn’t feel as if God had forgiven them, his thought was that no one spoke the words, “Your sins are forgiven.” Now, all that time later, I find that the same is true in the RC church, where the sacrament has been downplayed among the parishioners. I hear from old-time priests how the confessional lines have dropped from dozens to just a few. In the Eastern church it was always a requirement to confess before you could receive communion, now I see many priests not upholding that as well. I think you are right in that people have become proud and self-righteous to the point where they no longer feel the need to ask God’s forgiveness. I hear a lot of people, young and old, who say that what they do is their business and not “the church’s”.

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