Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading Thursday January 19, 2023

Theme: Self-Examination

Text: “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:20.

Comment: The Sadducees and Pharisees usually claim to be practicing the righteousness of God but they were not.  They were hypocrites; they said one thing and did another.  (Matthew 23:2, 3) Christ said: “Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (Luke 12:1) The exhortation of Jesus Christ in the text under reference is that we should be practical Christians.  Our Lord further exhorted: “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” (John 13:17; James 2:12; Job 15:34) Those who seek everlasting life should endeavour to practice the righteousness of God, faithfully and zealously till the end. – Matthew 24:12, 13.

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