Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Galatians 5:18-25, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 11:42-46

DAILY GOSPEL READINGS

Galatians 5:18-25, Psalm 1:1-4 & 6, Luke 11:42-46

WALKING IN THE LIGHT OF CHRIST
Galatians 5:18-25

When I allow the Holy Spirit to lead me I can be absolutely certain that He will take me to the heart of the Trinity and I will receive the life of Christ which is a life of grace.  The law can only make me aware of my sins and my guilt the the punishment due to sin, it offers no remedy.

Every sin has some pleasure attached to it which makes sinning attractive to the flesh and to the senses but such pleasure is ephemeral.  To sate the senses which are easily numbed we begin to indulge in greater aberrations which desensitizes us even more. But when we exercise the gift of the Holy Spirit the fruits become visible in our lives - love, joy, peace, patience, understanding, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  The more abundant the fruit the more we will please God and the less we will fall prey to sin.

Those who belong to God receive grace daily to resist temptation.  If we say we are led by the Spirit may it be evident by the way we live each day. 

Psalm 1:1-4 & 6

My Beloved, here in these verses, we see how those who  abide in Your Holy Spirit live.  They do not congregate with sinners.  They will not linger with those who belittle and mock the things of God, faith and morality rather, they will delight in keeping God's law of love.  They joyfully ponder on God's Word and draw strength , wisdom and right judgment from it.

They will be rooted in Your heart and from Your Spirit will flow springs of life giving water which will enable them to thrive by living a life of grace and bearing fruit in and out of season.  For those who follow You who are the Way, the Truth and the Life will walk in the Way of the Lord that lead to eternal life.

Luke 11:42-46

My Beloved, You were always bold and unafraid to speak the truth and laying bare the sins of the self-righteous  who believed that their good works,, their credentials as pharisees and teachers of the law and their outward show of piety and the stringent keeping of the law put the in good standing with God.  

It is no wonder that unrepentant sinners hate You to this day.  You name our sins and shame us into repentance failing which we consign ourselves freely to hell. All my empty works and empty promises might impress men but God who sees all and knows all does not hesitate in calling me a hypocrite.

We lay curse upon curse on ourselves when we not only commit grave sins with impunity but also mislead others into following us down the road to perdition by deceiving them into believing that there is neither God nor sin and therefore no judgment, heaven or hell.