Week Six — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Words of Jesus in Matthew — Matthew 12: 7, 8

Sunday, February 5

Matthew 12:7,8 If you had known what these words mean, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice,” you would not have condemned the innocent.  For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, before your authority we humble ourselves to obey.

Thought for the day: Heart-felt obedience is humility in action.

Monday, February 6

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Prayer: Almighty God, let us in humble obedience go through this day with you.

Thought for the day: Every walking trail is a pathway of discovery.

Tuesday, February 7

Luke 11:42  Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden hers, but you neglect justice and the love of God.  You should have practice the latter without leaving the former undone.

Prayer: O Jesus, forgive us when neglect fellowship with you in our love of ritual.

Thought for the day:  The most skillful athlete who loses his or her passion has lost the game.

Wednesday, February 8

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

Prayer:  Jesus, strengthen us that we may be doers of the word.

Thought for the day:  Cross bearing for Christ requires more than feel-good feelings.

Thursday, February 9

Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

Prayer: Lord God, we ask your forgiveness for all the times we have not reverenced you.

Thought for the day:  Why do we unload the dishwasher before we add more dishes?

Friday, February 10

Lamentations 2:6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting.  The Lord has made Zion forget her appointed feasts and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.

Prayer:  Lord, we confess that we have often been the source of our own suffering.

Thought for the day:  Is it possible that God was sending a message to Israel in the destruction, rebuilding, and destruction again of Jerusalem?

Saturday, February 11

John 13:34, 35 A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Prayer:  Lord, may we keep your commandment to love one another.

Thought for the day: The more you know someone’s story the more you understand the importance of giving them the love of Christ.

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