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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering. What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering. Beware of the yeast that was found in the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Because there is one loaf of bread, we, who are many, are one body; for we all partake of the one loaf of bread. When we eat the bread we break, isn't that sharing in the body of Christ? Get rid of the old yeast! Then you will be like fresh bread made without yeast, and this is what you are. Our Passover lamb is Christ, who has already been sacrificed. So don't celebrate the festival by being evil and sinful, which is like serving bread made with yeast. Be pure and truthful and celebrate by using bread made without yeast. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you." After all, do I have any business judging those who are outside the Christian faith? Isn't it your business to judge those who are inside? While knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy to the LORD. He is coming to judge all people on earth with fairness and truth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth. Look closely into the perfect law that sets people free. Keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it but put it into practice. You will be blessed by God in what you do leading you eternal life. Why not carry one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ. Live as free people, but don't hide behind your freedom when you do evil. Instead, use your freedom to serve God.

Meditate John 12:48



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