I DESIRE MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE

January 12

The Pharisees were hateful. They were saying true religious people, righteous men like we are, we shun such vile sinners. That’s what they’re saying. There’s a lot of people in the church today and that’s how they act. Their world begins and ends with people who are in their circle and all they can do is criticize the ones who are not like them and not reach out and help them. We need to think about that. These people don’t need our criticism; they need our help. They don’t need to be kept at a distance; they need our mercy, our love. That is what Jesus did for us and that is what He calls us to do for them.  God doesn’t want self-righteous people, He needs those that recognize that it is only by God’s grace we are saved and it could have been us out there with no one sharing the love of Christ with us. Will we do that today?

Matthew 9:11-13 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 “But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

HAVE YOU READ YOUR BIBLE TODAY? HERE IS TODAY’S DAILY BIBLE READING- WWW.HISLOVEMINISTRIES.NET    1/12 – Genesis 26:18–27:46, Matthew 9:9–38, Psalm 10:1–8

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