I ask this because so many times I have looked past a person with judgment rather than seeing the mercy I need to impose on a specific person. I know I can sacrifice in love but I need to always remember that God is in control and I am not. I need to know that if I get caught up in life with wanting to manage every aspect of my life and act as if I am a god of it, I can railroad the little things that need just to be listened to.
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath.
12 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”
3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:1-8 (NIV)
Jesus made a point that He is the Lord of the Sabbath and if the Pharisees could see it, they would realize that it was time for mercy rather than sacrifice. Do you wonder that if God came up to you, you would lean up to Him and feel His peace; or would you say,’ Not now I am busy doing stuff for You right now.’?
Do you control everything in your life and the others around you? Do you accept God’s mercy? Are you willing to hand your life over to Him to manage? Do you give the devil more credit than he deserves? Are you willing to acknowledge your short comings and trust that God can and will use you even if you keep your mouth shut or do you need to step up more in faith and be used by God?
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