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THE RIGHTEOUS 012711

 

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Peace Mennonite Church of Columbia, MO

www.peacemennonitechurch.net (under construction)

 

Meditation and thoughts follow the scripture.

 

Psalm 15

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

1 Peter 3:8-12

 

 

Psalm 15

Who Shall Abide in God’s Sanctuary?

A Psalm of David.
1 O Lord, who may abide in your tent?
Who may dwell on your holy hill?
2 Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right,
and speak the truth from their heart;
3 who do not slander with their tongue,
and do no evil to their friends,
nor take up a reproach against their neighbours;
4 in whose eyes the wicked are despised,
but who honour those who fear the Lord;
who stand by their oath even to their hurt;
5 who do not lend money at interest,
and do not take a bribe against the innocent.
Those who do these things shall never be moved.

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

Municipal Judges and Officers

18 You shall appoint judges and officials throughout your tribes, in all your towns that the Lord your God is giving you, and they shall render just decisions for the people. 19You must not distort justice; you must not show partiality; and you must not accept bribes, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of those who are in the right. 20Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

1 Peter 3:8-12

Suffering for Doing Right

8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. 10For
‘Those who desire life
and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
and their lips from speaking deceit;
11 let them turn away from evil and do good;
let them seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’

The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

THE RIGHTEOUS 012711

 

Each week’s daily lectionary series is designed to bring closure to the theme of a prior Sunday’s scriptures, and to prepare us for the coming Sunday’s scriptures. Today’s verses are in this way leading us up to Sunday’s scripture, and preparing our hearts for the coming Sunday’s scripture and sermon.

 

This Sunday the scripture from the gospel is the Sermon on the Mount. Nothing so defines Mennonites, and we think, Christians than the Sermon on the Mount.

 

Today’s lessom is about righteousness, and doing what is right. To live each day with love and gentleness for all people and things, to live as we should live and are blessed to live is not so easy, and ‘following the rules’ doesn’t help; we fail to follow even the laws of God.

 

We fail because the elapsed time from first developing an intention or reaction, to developing a thought or action is so incredibly fast. We have slipped out of righteousness by our very first intention.

 

The only solution to this is grow and live only with a heart of pure love, to live in Holy Spirit of Jesus.

 

It is very good to read the law, but living in a post-modern, post-Christian world, we need to purify our hearts first. Righteousness will follow.

 

Pray today for all of us (and all of them).

 

Peace

(brother) Bill

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