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Daily Devotion for November 24, 2021



Interior of St. Peter’s by Giovanni Panini, ca. 1731.
Perhaps the well-bred Panini sandwiched a visit to the Vatican in between trips to Bologna and Asiago. His mustard and sage palette lend a peculiar flavor to the depiction.

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Lord’s Prayer

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.




Thank You Jesus

Oh dear sweet, loving Jesus: How often I forget that it is because of You that I live. You made all of us from the very dust that You created. Then You did the most wondrous of all things, You made us in Your image and You breathed life into us. I join those praying with me today in thanking you for our lives, and we pray that You continue to sustain us each day. From Your heavenly place accept our prayers and our praise.

Amen.

Praise

All praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
Clothed in a garb of flesh and blood;
Choosing a manger for a throne,
While worlds on worlds are Thine alone.

Amen.

For God’s Protection

O  God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom; Defend us thy humble servants in all assaults of our enemies that we, surely trusting in thy defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries, through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Dedication

Walk with me, dear Lord, so that I may not be alone as I face this day, but always in your presence. Your joy is a lighthouse in a world often dark with sin, and I pray that I may reflect the light of your truth, to inspire others as I have been inspired. In the name of Christ, bless me this day, and all whom I may meet.

Amen.


Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

Where do we find this verse: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”?

Answer: Ephesians 2:8



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Proverbs 19:20 (ESV)

Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom in the future.

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Matthew 7:1-5 (ESV)

Sermon on the Mount - Judging Others
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udge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.


Notes on the Scripture

The great William Barclay, in The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew (Edinburgh, 1956), summed up this passage about as well as anyone could: “We have quite enough to do to rectify our own lives without seeking censoriously to rectify the lives of others. We would do well to concentrate on our own faults, and to leave the faults of others to God.”

The term “characteristic British understatement” comes to mind: where he says “we would do well”, one must remember: Minding our own faults, and ignoring the faults of others, has been commanded by God. The Bible does not entirely rule out the correction of faults in others — see Galatians 6:1, for example — but we err so heavily in our tendency to pass judgment on other people, quickly and frequently, that we do better not to judge others at all.

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Most of Jesus’ parables and analogies are grounded in realism, but here, He creates a virtual cartoon; a person with a log or beam in his eye, utterly blind, trying to find a speck of dust in someone else’s eye so as to remove it. But this ludicrous example carries with it three reasons why criticizing the faults of others and trying to correct them is misguided.

First, just as a person with a log in his eye could not see, we can never really know all the facts about another person. History regales us with story after story of a person going off half-cocked, mocking another person, when the ignorant critic is utterly wrong. And we never know all the facts about another person; our judgments of other people are always wrong, because our evidence is always incomplete.

Second, the vision of a person with some huge object in his eye is distorted; and, indeed, we always see truth through the distortion of our personal prejudices and experiences. Truth exists independent of us and is not limited by our knowledge, but our judgment is. We see truth, as Paul so eloquently put it, dimly, as if in an ancient mirror made with uneven glass: “For now we see through a glass, darkly;” (1 Cor. 13:12 (KJV).)

But most of all, even more than the powerful forces of ignorance and prejudice that rule human judgment, is Christ’s ultimate point: Nobody is righteous enough to judge someone else. Judgment of others is always hypocritical. We come again to humility, but this time, the humility has teeth: Christ will judge us as we judge others.

Our glory, our worth, and our happiness is guaranteed by God; so learning not to judge others ultimately comes down to the strength of our faith. The more certain we are that God is going to bring us to a place of perfect joy, the less defensive we become about our value in comparison to other people in the fleeting moments of time. If we know that righteousness is ours only through Christ, we see clearly that self-righteousness is erroneous and unnecessary.



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Matthew 5:39, 44: I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. . . . [L]ove your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.



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Penelopesays...

AMEN

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Jimsays...

A little "rye" humor with the artwork today? I love it!

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Judy(Elyria, US)says...

Thank you for your prayers today and every day. They always make my day better. I wish you all Happy thanksgiving and may we all be thankful to our Father in heaven for sending His only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to take away our sins. GOD BLESSING be upon all the world.

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The painting caption was punny

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Pat(Durban, South Africa)says...

Thank you. How much you help me to grow. Lots of growing pains though!

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