March 16, 2019
Luke 11:39 - “And the Lord said to them, ‘Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.’”
Jesus, it seems like you saved your strongest words for the Pharisees and religious people of your day. Help keep my heart tender, and not hard like theirs. Teach me that I am who I am by your grace, and not through what I have done or accomplished.
Lead me to love people who need forgiveness instead of pushing them away. You are not interested in religious actions with a dead heart. You want me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind, strength. I pray that my love for you would show itself in acts of selflessness toward others, not acts that exalt myself. I must decrease, but you must increase (John 3:30).