Thought for The Day – Monday 1st February

Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

“Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honour your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’”

Matthew 19: 16 – 19

Grace was not a popular concept in the ancient world. You sacrificed to God to atone for your sins, that was balanced by your good deeds. Even giving alms to the poor was seen as earning brownie points with God. When you died you hoped you had accrued enough in the positive column to outweigh the negative. Not only was this man interested in doing what he could to get to heaven he also wanted to know what was the minimum he could do to get there. Exactly which of the 10 commandments do I need to keep? Do I need to keep them all or are there some I can miss out?

Think about the relationship you are in, spouse, children, parents, friends, etc. Do you approach them thinking what’s the minimum I can do to keep this going or do you actually care and love the people around you? Jesus went to the cross for us, how far would you go for them?

Prayer: Father there is no limit to the depth of love you have for me. I am not like that and admit sometimes I feel I don’t have the energy to love and care for the people around me like I should. Please give me the strength to be there for others the way they are for me.

Action: Consider everything the people who love you do for you and don’t forget to thank them today.

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