Thought for The Day – Friday 29th January

When Jesus had finished saying these things, he left Galilee and went into the region of Judea to the other side of the Jordan. Large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”

Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

Matthew 19: 1 – 9

The demands of God’s law are impossible to meet for humans. Although Jesus is being challenged here about sexual ethics the principle of an unattainable law is there across the law as a whole. Why would God have a set of laws that were impossible to meet? Even if something was difficult but you knew by your own effort you could attain it, you would never stop trying. Never stop trying to do it on your own!

Jesus revealed a different approach in that we come to God via Grace. Knowing we could never fulfil the law on our own the point was not to send us into despair but to drive us to God’s grace. God knowing we could not do it has made provision for us. Although only if we are willing to eat humble pie and approach God reliant on him. That’s the question then, are you willing to rely on God’s grace or do you prefer to keep trying to do it on your own?

Prayer: Father I find it hard for people to give me a gift without giving them something back. Help me to set aside my own pride and rely on you.

Action: Spend some time what it means to receive Grace and not to try and earn salvation.

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