023705 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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Mark 12: 38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
I have been reminded recently of the “baggage” of legalism which many denominations of the Church have struggled to overcome in current years. While there is no undoing of past offenses there is yet forgiveness in the grace of our Lord and perhaps, given time, the opportunity to make up for lost ground with love and peaceful intent toward those who have been marginalized by that legalism. That is not to say that sin should be ignored, or flagrant sin be accepted. We must indeed be guided by the need, no, the requirement that with awareness of our sin and distance from God that we approach Him with a truly penitent heart. Psalm 51:17
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
For the arrogant and proud there is, however, no forgiveness even though they may at one level be aware of the pride with which they weigh down everyone around them, until they turn to God in humility and contrition they are utterly lost.