Friday, September 9, 2016

Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth - Daily Bible Readings September 9, 2016

For Paul, the preaching of the Gospel is a privilege and a duty to be enjoyed. There is nothing more pleasing than being a part of someone coming to receive the gift of salvation. The proclamation of the Gospel is about letting people know that there is a God who is provides them the opportunity to be saved and who gives the gift of eternal life. It is indeed a privilege to be part of such a wonderful process.
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27
16 Brothers and sisters: If I preach the Gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! 17 If I do so willingly, I have a recompense, but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my recompense? That, when I preach, I offer the Gospel free of charge so as not to make full use of my right in the Gospel. 19 Although I am free in regard to all, I have made myself a slave to all so as to win over as many as possible. 22 I have become all things to all, to save at least some. 23 All this I do for the sake of the Gospel, so that I too may have a share in it. 24 Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. 25 Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 26 Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. 27 No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12
R: How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, mighty God.
2 [3] My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (R) 3 [4] Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young — your altars, O Lord of hosts, my king and my God! (R) 4 [5] Blessed they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. 5 [6] Blessed the men whose strength you are; their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage. (R) 11 [12] For a sun and a shield is the Lord God; grace and glory he bestows; the Lord withholds no good thing from those who walk in sincerity. (R) 

Judging others is dangerous. When we judge another person, we are inviting God to judge us with the same standards. Otherwise we become hypocrites — having one standard for ourselves and another one for others. This is why we should be slow to judge and quick to love and forgive. This is what Jesus teaches. Judgment Day will come, but let us leave this to God as He is more merciful than we can ever be.
Your word, O Lord, is truth; consecrate us in the truth.
Luke 6:39-42
39 Jesus told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40 No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”
think: When we judge another person, we are inviting God to judge us with the same standards.
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