Today's Reading: Mark 7
Key Verse: Mark 7:20
And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man…"
"Pharisees," the name of a denomination within the religion of Judaism, put great emphasis on tradition, ceremonies, and keeping the letter of the law in a most meticulous way. They had added a multitude of details and interpretations to the law of Moses. Jesus said to them, "[you are] making the Word of God of no effect through your tradition".
Jesus then lists some of the evil that comes from within a person (verses 21-23). Jesus came with the message that true faith is inward and produces good fruit on the outside. Paul lists the manifestation of the inner life produced by a daily drawing from Jesus who lives in the believer. This includes LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF CONTROL (Galatians 5:22-23).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You said, "I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). Through reading Your Word, prayer, and this blog, I'm abiding in You. Therefore, I expect to produce good fruit today. In Your Name, Amen!
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