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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Leviticus 4:1–5:19
Mark 2:13–3:6
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 10:1-2

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Mark 2:16-17 (CSB): “When the scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this, he told them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”

Psalm 36:1-2 (CSB): “An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked person: Dread of God has no effect on him. For with his flattering opinion of himself, he does not discover and hate his iniquity.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As I was reading through today’s chapters, I couldn’t help but see that Mark 2:16-17 related to Psalm 36:1-2.

I could easily make this a long post but I won’t. This is a very simple truth.

For the Christian, the way up is down.

The way to enjoy a wonderful, heart-warming relationship with God is to first acknowledge and grieve over our sin.

The way to rise in joy and happiness is to first fall on your knees in grief and conviction.

The way to receive forgiveness and cleansing is to first admit that you are guilty, in need of forgiveness and cleansing.

Do you want to be the kind of person that Jesus enjoys being with? Do you want to enjoy a moment-by-moment relationship with Him? Do you want the feeling of being clean inside because you have been fully forgiven?

Then be open and honest about your sin. Be specific. What have you done that has violated God’s commands? Own it, despise it, confess it, and repent of it (turn from it).

When you do that, you are being the kind of person that Jesus loves being with. He doesn’t like being with people who think they’ve got it all together. He loves being with those who realize they are sinners in need of the regular, cleansing work of a Savior.

Be that person today, and tomorrow, and the next day, …

Mark 2:16-17 (CSB): “When the scribes who were Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples, ‘Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ When Jesus heard this, he told them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”

Psalm 36:1-2 (CSB): “An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked person: Dread of God has no effect on him. For with his flattering opinion of himself, he does not discover and hate his iniquity.”