Scripture reference: Luke 7:39-48
What if the minister on Sunday morning started announcing people’s thoughts? Hum-m, might get some heads hanging low and some faces turning red. According to verse 39 the Pharisee “spake within himself.” Jesus knew what he was thinking and addressed his issue.
In Mark 2:6-10, Jesus dealt here with the thoughts of the scribes by speaking of what they were “reasoning in their hearts.” He can understand our thoughts and prayers before they are even spoken aloud. What about the “not-so-good thoughts?” Yep, He knows those, too! I figure, I might as well tell Him all about what’s bothering me or irritating me, because He already knows and wants to help me deal with it.
A favorite scripture verse, as a child, that I memorized, was Philippians 4:8. It says: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Well, Beth asked, “In very practical terms, what could you do to improve the quality of your thought life? Some of my ideas were: listen and sing Christian music, praise Him, put His word in our hearts and minds, try to find something good in everyone, memorize His word, etc…. Like Beth said, “our innermost places desperately need daily purification.” Another thought she mentioned was, “He holds us responsible for the things we say to ourselves.”
Sometimes, just like the Pharisee, we get stuck in thinking about who someone was, or what they did, but Christ looks beyond those things, to who we are in Him, or are becoming, or can be. Lord, help me see others through your eyes of compassion and not be so quick to judge. Here I am trying to remove a toothpick from someone else life, and I have a two-by-four in mine! I heard someone say that they always talked about how dirty their neighbors laundry was when they would see it out their kitchen window, until they washed their window and realized their laundry was clean, it was their own window that was dirty.
I love verse 47. Jesus said, “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” We know He didn’t minimize her sins, but forgave her. Thank you Lord, for extending your grace to us all!
I hope I didn’t hop around too much on you this morning, I’m just a little tired this week- but I’m loving the Bible study!
Father, thank you for forgiveness. Thank you for caring about what concerns us. Thank you for teaching us more about your love and grace. Touch our sisters of like faith that is in this study. So many needs today. I pray for healing virtue to flow and touch bodies that need a special touch, I pray that you will give guidance to those needing direction, and comfort to those battle weary. Please, minister to our families, and save our lost loved ones. We love you- in Jesus name- – Amen.
Keeping the Faith,