Today, Christians throughout the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. He is the light of the world and He calls His people to walk in the light, to be cleansed from our sins by His blood, and to enjoy fellowship with one another. There is no fellowship to compare to that of those who walk in the light. May you walk in the light today and always.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:7-9
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one. John 10:27-30
King Josiah was a doer of God’s Word, not a mere hearer (James 1:22). Beware of failure to follow through with good intentions. Emotions are not bad, but neither are they sufficient when it comes to serving God.
Balaam was an enigmatic character. He seems to have had some kind of relationship to Yahweh, the God of Israel. He was hired by Balak to bring down a curse upon Israel from their God. He refused to comply, not because he didn’t want to do it but, because God hindered his devious scheme. The story didn’t end there. More on Balaam tomorrow.
13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13
This quote from James’ epistle, which relates to the example of Judah with Tamar, is possibly the single verse in the Bible that terrifies me the most. Maybe that is because I see myself as so capable of lacking mercy for everyone but myself. There is too much of Judah in me.
This is why the Bible was given to us, to reprove and correct us (2 Timothy 3:16). It does that very well and I need to heed it quickly when it does.
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