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Thursday, August 22, 2013


2 Corinthians 3:5,6


" . . .but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us sufficient to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." ESV


Jesus angered the religious leaders of His time because He chose to live by the Spirit of the Living God rather than the law, given to Moses before the Holy Spirit came to fill all those who seek after Jesus Christ. If a child fell into a sink hole on the Sabbath, and we adhered strictly to the law, we would have to let the child lay in that sink hole until the Sabbath was over. Where is the mercy in that? Where is the love and concern for a child in desperate need, even on the Sabbath? This is what Jesus was trying to teach those rigid religious leaders. The Spirit would lead us to immediately come to the rescue of that child. Would we be profaning the Sabbath? No. God desires mercy rather than sacrifice.


Heavenly Father, how grateful we are that You have given us a day of rest, to honor and glorify You and refrain from our every day tasks. We are equally as grateful that You have supplied mercy to us and allow us to extend mercy to others even on the Sabbath. Give us a fuller understanding of living in the life giving Spirit. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.


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Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC
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