Daily Inspiration: The Passion of Christ: for the Lost 5
March 13, 2020, 4:00 AM

Luke 15:25, 28

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing… The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus turns from the tax collectors and sinners, represented by the younger son, and looks at the Pharisees and teachers of the law, the self-righteous church-goers. They are the older brother. They have lived in the father’s house, but have taken his gifts and care for granted. They feel that God owes them something for their loyalty. They can’t stand the idea that those who denounce the family would ever be allowed back in again. Many who call themselves “Christians” today share this same hardness of heart. They do not look on those who stray with compassion but contempt. Jesus calls them out. He tells them that this attitude is equally unacceptable. In the end the cross He bears for them is no lighter than that of the tax collectors. And Jesus bears it for them just as willingly.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me see the people in my life with the same love and compassion as You do. Help me never to look down on another because their sin is different from mine. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

“The fatted calf, the best Scotch, the hoedown could all have been his too, any time he asked for them except that he never thought to ask for them because he was too busy trying cheerlessly and religiously to earn them.” ― Frederick Buechner

 

Quote of the Day

There are two kinds of pride, both good and bad. 'Good pride' represents our dignity and self-respect. 'Bad pride' is the deadly sin of superiority that reeks of conceit and arrogance. – John C. Maxwell

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