Sometimes we want God to part the waters when God is calming the seas. The passage from Romans is urging us not to judge anyone, regardless of what decisions they make. Let those who eat meat and those who are vegetarians be respectful of each other. Some observe special days;...
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me and on us. Help us to see the beauty and the presence of God in everyone we meet. May your love radiate in and through us all. To God be the glory! Amen!
Again this week, Exodus tells a story about Moses that is retold in the psalm. The angel of the Lord protects the Israelites and allows them to cross the sea on dry ground, but their enemies are swept away. The psalmist recalls this glorious event. The forces of nature tremble and bow before the presence of God, and the people are delivered. Paul recognizes that there are matters of personal preference or conscience that are not hard and fast rules. Some will feel freedom in areas that others do not, and we are not to judge each other for these differences. Jesus tells a parable in Matthew that highlights the danger of hypocrisy. We who have been forgiven so generously by God have no right to judge others for minor offenses.
Read Exodus 14:19-31. When has the path of faith seemed risky? How have you trusted God and others’ wisdom along the way?
Read Psalm 114. How do you see God’s hand at work in creation? Spend some time in nature. What is God saying?
Read Romans 14:1-12. When have you recognized something as more important than your being right? How has that recognition shaped your faith?
Read Matthew 18:21-35. How do you recognize your own wounds—or those you have inflicted on others—in this parable? How might this parable help you to repair these wounds or the relationships attached to the wounds?
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