Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, February 3, 2020

Theme: MEEKNESS IN GOD’S SERVICE

Text: “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.” –  Galatians 6:1.

Comment: We are humans and are subject to our sensualities and frailties. As such, no one is perfect. For this reason, we must consider that we who have not fallen into a temptation at a point in time could fall if not helped by God. “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) While not refraining or shying away from pronouncing the judgments of God we are required to show certain measure of consideration in judging others knowing that we are also human.

 

Jesus Christ in his parable against self-conceit and a holier-than-thou attitude spoke of two men who went to the temple to pray, the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee justified himself before God, thanking God he is not “as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers”, or even as the publican who was standing nearby.  Additional reasons he gave for believing that he is just in the sight of God were that he fasted twice in the week, gave tithes of all that he possessed. In contrast however, “the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner”.  Our Saviour said the publican left the temple more  justified rather than the Pharisee “for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”. – Luke 18:9-14.

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