Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 23:1 – 22
Verse of the Day: Matthew 23:13 – “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter.”
We often look with disdain at those who are very evident in their sinful lifestyle. But Jesus used His harshest and longest sermons, not for struggling sinners, prosperous people, or discouraged disciples – He spoke the strongest against the glory-hogs, legalists and religious hypocrites.
When we struggle, God knows our hearts. When we are discouraged, God knows our inner being. God comes to give rest and encouragement to those who truly seek Him, no matter where they are in life. But, to those who were a mask and pretend to be perfect and above others – He sends strong words of condemnation.
Prayer, Father of Grace and Mercy, I come as a humble sinner before You today. Seek out the sin in me, cleanse it, remove it, take control over that area of my life. Amen.