Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Week 35 Day 6

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Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

            The word translated here as healthy is difficult to understand in the context of what Jesus is saying. It could imply generosity, or it perhaps more accurately means clarity. “ If your eyes are clear…” What sort of clarity is Jesus speaking about then? In this portion of His teaching He is contrasting opposites. The apostle Paul said some years down the road from this that “we see through a glass darkly…”. Both Paul and our Lord understood the deep need we have to see clearly the times and circumstances in which we live and the sinful impulses that cloud and obscure the best in favor of the worst.

            Christianity often gets tarred with the stupidity of people who grasp one particular text from the Bible and use it as their justification to excuse their evil, idiotic behavior. It is as if they are willing to say to God; “I’ve got this. You can step back and I’ll sort this out myself.”

            How much better off would we all be if those who claim to follow Jesus did exactly that. Finding in his life a pattern for our own we now have permission to be gracious to all other people. Whether they receive that grace from us or not is on their own heads. Jesus was never deterred from his mission to be just exactly who He was. He saw clearly why He was here and where He was going.

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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