Lord, may Your words dwell in my heart
Religious faith is not measured in words and beliefs but deeds of kindness and compassion and humble submission to God.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
5th Week of Lent
Dan. 3:14-20,91-92,95; (R. Ps) Dan. 3;52,
53,54,55,56; Jn. 8:31-42 (Ps Wk I)
What a terrible choice faced the three young men! The king had ordered them to worship the idols of Babylon, and if they refused, they would be put to death. For most people, the choice would be clear: save yourself!
But the young men had strong, unwavering faith in God. They trusted God completely and were absolutely loyal and faithful. Although they were thrown into the fiery furnace, they were untouched by the flames. We probably won't face such an awful situation, but often we will be tempted to take the easy way out rather than doing what is right. Let us trust God to protect us in difficult situations rather than our own cleverness or compromises.
People like to think they are free, but many are in bondage to brokenness and sin. Jesus urged people to ‘remain in his word’ — take his words to heart and live by them — to be transformed and liberated. His listeners needed to hear this, just as we do. Although they were faithful to their religion, it was clear that it did not dwell in their hearts. Religious faith is not measured in words and beliefs but deeds of kindness and compassion and humble submission to God.
Lord, may Your words dwell in my heart.
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