Friday, October 5
JEWISH VIOLATION OF THE LAW
17 Now if you call yourself a Jew, and rely on the law, and boast in God, 18 and know his will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, 19 and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, 20 an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the embodiment of knowledge and truth in the law — 21 you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach, “You must not steal” — do you steal? 22 You who say, “You must not commit adultery” — do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? 24 For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.
CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART
25 Circumcision benefits you if you observe the law, but if you are a lawbreaker, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 26 So if an uncircumcised man keeps the law’s requirements, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 A man who is physically uncircumcised, but who keeps the law, will judge you who are a lawbreaker in spite of having the letter of the law and circumcision. 28 For a person is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and true circumcision is not something visible in the flesh. 29 On the contrary, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is of the heart — by the Spirit, not the letter. That person’s praise is not from people but from God.
We have been called to be messengers of the gospel of Christ. As messengers we need to realize that we never rise above the need for grace. As we challenge others to live consistently to the Bible’s commands we must realize that we don’t ever move past needing forgiveness for the ways we fall short. God is not deceived by our delusional renaming of personal sins. We cheat, lie, steal, murder, and commit adultery with the “worst of them.” This truth isn’t intended to keep us feeling defeated it’s intended to keep us looking to Christ for power and grace. God is who calls us to be messengers of His word and His daily mercy is what keeps us qualified for that work. Allow God to heal you on the inside and growth will continue to happen on the outside!
Ask God to make you very aware of your need for grace and forgiveness, and then realize that all the grace you need is available to you right now! Regardless of how your life looks on the outside, you haven’t even begun to deplete the well of God’s grace for you.
Father, forgive me for all the way that I fall short. Help me know that although sin runs deep inside of me, your grace runs deeper and purifies me completely.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.