“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Matthew 19:3-6

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Pharisees came and tried to trap Jesus with this question:

“Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason?”

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“Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” Jesus replied.

“They record that

from the beginning ‘God made them male and female’.

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“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother

and is joined to his wife,

and the two are united into one.’

Since they are no longer two but one,

let no one split apart what God has joined together.”

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– Matthew 19:3-6 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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Are Jesus’ words too harsh and insensitive for me to accept?

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Do I agree with Jesus, but only selectively?

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If so, why?

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The honest answer can only be

that I find it so hard to accept the sacrifices that His teachings sometimes demand from me

and from my loved ones.

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If I let nothing or no one – not even God – come between me and my desire for worldly happiness,

I will, end up choosing the wide road that accepts and justifies everything…and leads to nowhere,

rather than the narrow, uphill road that leads to eternal joy.

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Am I with Jesus or against Him?

If I claim that I am, then I must be with Him…always and in every circumstance.

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If I cannot understand sacrifice,

then perhaps I should spend more time contemplating Jesus on the Cross.

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PRAYER…

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Jesus,

my God and my loving Saviour,

help me see beyond my reasoning.

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Lord, help me accept Your teachings

– at any cost or sacrifice.

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Lord, I want to do as You say,

because I love You

and I believe in You and in Your promise.

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Amen

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Show me Your way, O Lord, and I will walk with You!

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