Who decides what is right and what is wrong?
Is it the law? Does making something “legal” make it right?
The Pharisees came to Jesus to trap Him with a question .
“Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife?”Mark 10:2
And Jesus uses the question to talk about a bigger and deeper issue . . . one that is necessary for every one of us to address.
You see, the Pharisees were looking at this from a “legal” perspective when they should have been looking at it from a “spiritual” one . . . from God’s perspective.
Jesus answered their question this way…
This commandment [was written] only as a concession to your hard hearts. But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’Mark 10:5–8a
God made men and women to compliment each other, to love and respect, to help, to be united.
We, sinful people, are the ones who have messed up God’s plan. And now that we have, we believe that making things “legal” makes them acceptable.
So, here’s the real question…
How should you and I decide what is right and what is wrong?
Should we listen to the legal voices that say it’s okay to kill babies and deny God’s genetic creation or the spiritual truth of God’s Word? Truth that invites us to trust Him and experience life in all its fullness (John 10:10), freedom (John 8:32), peace (John 14:27), hope (Matthew 12:21), and love (John 1:17).
God wants so much for us that He invites us to stop listening to the loud shouts of those who demand a “legal” view of the world and enjoy the blessings of LISTENing to and TRUSTing Jesus’ truth.
A Prayer to Listen to Jesus’ Truth
Father, I confess that I have occasionally listened to the wrong voices. So often, You whisper as the world around me is so very loud and demanding. Please forgive me.
I want to KNOW JESUS’ TRUTH. I want to obey Your will. I want to read and study Your Word until I carry its truth deep within my heart and mind. I want to experience life in all its fullness, peace, hope, joy, and love.
I love You, Lord. Because of Your grace, I am forgiven and given the promise of life forever with You. Thank you for Jesus, the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE! By the power of Your Spirit, help me courageously apply Jesus’ truth to every area of my life and love You and others the way You want. And may I live this day and every day for Your glory. Amen.
Friend, I believe God offers His grace to everyone. I believe He wants us to love one another . . . even those with whom we don’t agree. I believe we are ALL sinners in need of His grace and mercy. These are words spoken by Jesus as truth.
I also believe that we don’t have to agree with everything that is determined “legal” to love others.
We are called to love, to pray, to reflect God’s love and invite people to know Jesus’ truth that they might also experience life in all its fullness.
On today’s note write:
With God’s help, I will KNOW, TRUST, and FOLLOW Jesus’ TRUTH.
God bless you as you SEEK to KNOW and LIVE the blessings of Jesus’ TRUTH.
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