Sin can be very deceptive. For many who think they "aren't that bad," this passage should really make them take notice. "Well, I've looked a few times at the lady next door, but it's not like I slept with her!" Well, even looking lustfully at someone is committing adultery in the heart. "Yeah, he made me mad, but I'm not going to kill the guy!" Well, even harboring anger at your brother or sister is a sin.
God isn't just interested in our words or what we do on Sunday morning. As this passage shows, he's interested in every part of our daily lives.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.