Friday, July 15, 2011

Mercy Not Sacrifice

'And if you had understood the meaning of the words: What I want is mercy, not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the blameless. For the Son of Man is master of the sabbath.’

The Pharisees have accused Jesus' disciples of breaking the Sabbath by eating ears of corn in the field.  The experts in the Law again missed Mercy when they met Him.

I would have made an excellent Pharisee.  I feel in control with laws.  They are very well defined and appeal to my judgemental nature.  They also make me feel good when I measure them against others and see that others fail to meet their standards.  The problem is, deep within me I know that I fail as well.  Mercy is my only hope.  I need to understand the words "What I want is mercy, not sacrifice".

Lord Jesus, have mercy on me a sinner.  Give me a merciful heart to those I met today.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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