READINGOld Testament: Deuteronomy 7:6-11
Psalms: Psalms 37:1-18
New Testament: Titus 1:1-16
Gospel: John 1:29-34
Evening Psalms: Psalms 37:19-42
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.”
Have you ever been in a place of business and seen people just lose their cool? They start ranting, screaming, generally acting like 2–year-olds, and you’re actually embarrassed for them? I don’t know about you, but, when I witness a person showing that type of behavior, I instantly judge and think, “That person really needs Jesus.” I wonder if anyone’s thought that about me? Well, honestly, I’d be extremely surprised if the number of people who thought that about me wasn’t in the thousands.
I’m ashamed to admit that I’m not a “model” Christian. My behavior and actions are in need of a major overhaul. What really hits me in the gut, though, is that my children are following in my footsteps. They scream and yell at each other, they call each other such ugly names, and from what I gather in listening to their conversations, they are often that way with their friends. They’re “modeling” me alright, and it’s humiliating.
I don’t want my children to continue on the path down which I’ve been leading them. I want us, me and my family, to be beacons in the darkness of this world, to be pure and full of love to every single person we meet, as Christ is to us. So, as I meditate today, never have I been more grateful that Jesus died for my sins. I know He forgives me for this “detestable, disobedient and unfit” behavior, and that He gives me grace to start anew.
“Abba Father, thank you for sending your only Son to die for me. Help me to change and become who it is you want me to be, to be someone worthy of calling herself a Christian. May my words, actions, and deeds be revealing to those around me and reflect You as the Light of the World, King of all Kings, and Lord of All. Amen.”