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Daily Devotion for February 10, 2014


Mary washing Jesus’s feet
Mary washing Jesus' feet, anonymous. This combination of beauty and ugliness here is striking. It confounds two different stories, Mary of Bethany drying Jesus' feet with her hair, and Mary Magdelene with Jesus' body. (This is a detail of a painting I cannot find information about - please tell us if you know anything about it.)

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.


To Show Christ's Love Today

Oh Holy God, who has commanded us to love one another without fail, purify my soul. Let your Holy Spirit empower me throughout this day, to be obedient to the truth at every moment, so that I might love my brothers and sisters earnestly, from a pure heart.

And let me always remember that I have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of your Son; born again into a life of perfect love, obedience, and service. And if I am confused or do not know what to think or do, let me think of your Son, Jesus Christ, and ask myself what He would have done. For I will follow him even to the point of suffering and death, confident in his resurrection and the eternal reward for those that do follow him in sincere belief.

Amen.

For Peace of Mind

Blessed Lord Jesus, I need you now because I am filled with stress and anxiety. But you have promised that if I read and remember your Word, and come to you in prayer, your Holy Spirit will come to me. I lay my burdens on you, precious Christ, as you have promised to take them. Please carry them for me so that I don't have to, for they overwhelm me. Replace my fears with your humble and gentle yoke, so that I will find rest for my soul today. Let me feel your love.

I accept the peace of mind and quietness of heart, which you offer to all men as a gift. My praise and thanks that it is possible for me to lie down this evening in peace, and find the rest of sleep, by your gift. For with you, I have faith that I dwell in perfect safety. What should I fear, when you have promised to be with me for all time? I pray that I can find your perfect peace, by your Word and your promise, this day and every day, until I see you face to face.

Amen.

Dedication

O  God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, I pray,

Amen.


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<i>Book of Hours</i>, French ca. 1425, showing the birth of Jesus announced to the shepherds.
Book of Hours, French ca. 1425, showing the birth of Jesus announced to the shepherds. This old illuminated prayer book is remarkably well-preserved.

Holding onto Anger

“Hating someone is like drinking poison and hoping they die.”

~ Anonymous member(s) of Alcoholics Anonymous


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Matthew 18:21-35

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.”

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt.

But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt.

When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’

And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”


Notes on the Scripture

The Scripture today is (thankfully) straightforward. When Jesus says “seventy times seven” we have no problem understanding that this means “as often as he sins against you”. The long parable about the servant, who asked forgiveness for his debt but then refused to forgive another servant who owed a debt to him, falls on trained ears; for every Christian prays, “Forgive us our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive our debtors.”

The problem here is not understanding precisely what Jesus is saying. The problem is actually doing it.

Let me give witness. To forgive someone who has injured you is the most liberating thing in the world. It is worth every minute or every hour you might spend on your knees. It can be a titanic struggle! Every ounce of our earthly consciousness tells us hate, hurt, destroy. But again, I give personal witness that no matter how consumed with anger and hatred you are, forgiveness is possible.

Here is my method, and I'm sure that of some others. First I pray somewhere quiet and private and ask the Holy Spirit to be with me. Then, I say the words, even if I don't mean them. “I forgive Jack for calling me a moron and making everyone in the room laugh at me, even though I was right.” (Actually, I have found that I might be even angrier when I was wrong!) Then I ask God to bless the person, that he or she might become rich, and famous, and admired by a host of friends, and have a life filled with every blessing possible, and know Christ and live in bliss for all eternity. That part is really hard!

Then I think of the person as God's beautiful child, both now and as he or she was as an actual child, full of innocence and hope. Then I ask the Holy Spirit to reform my heart, to fill it with love and forgiveness. I think about the false value that made me angry in the first place, usually pride of some sort. I meditate on Scripture about vanity and selfishness.

Wash, rinse, repeat. This works for me, even if it takes weeks or months or years.



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Gary (LevellandTX, US) says...
Mason, thanks again and may God bless you for all you give me each morning. I just returned from my first Walk to Emmaus, where I learned a new concept of forgiveness: "I give up my right to hurt you because you hurt me." As you have stated, sometimes it takes a lot of time and prayer to reach the point of true forgiveness, but it is unfailingly worthwhile for my own well-being and peace of mind. If I continue to carry resentment, it truly poisons me, and does nothing to help the ... Read More
10th February 2014 8:27am
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Mason Barge says...
"I give up my right to hurt you because you hurt me."

That's great, Gary. You don't mind if we use it sometime, I hope?
10th February 2014 11:22am
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mary Pregler (Glen Saint Mary, US) says...
FORGIVENESS!!!!! I often think and pray that if we could fully live within this commandment the need for war would vanish! and we would be in HIS KINGDOM all the time.
10th February 2014 8:14am
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Phil True (Richmond VA, US) says...
To fully understand the account of the woman caught in adultery means understanding the context. Jesus was a threat to the Judiac establishment because of his teachings and growing followers. Since Israel was under Roman law, the scribes and Pharisees attempted to trap Jesus into making a statement in conflict with existing law. Jesus evades the trap—what he wrote in the dirt is unknown, but perhaps suggested Jesus was onto their motive. So He pronounced two statements—none are without sin ... Read More
9th February 2014 4:25pm
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Margaret Flynn (Stanley, Canada) says...
Thank you for todays teaching/devotional.I am 81(May)years young an am no longer out and about.One of the major challenges is to remain stimulated by fresh thinking.Daily Prayer has become part of a refreshing morning routine.Blessings to All.
9th February 2014 9:22am
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