One of the themes we see over and over again in the prophets is this notion that when the leaders lead the people astray, they will be the ones judged most harshly. Sure, the people will be judged for their actions, but if the one that is called to lead does not lead, or even worse, is only interested in what they can get out of it, taking advantage of the poor, the needy, those that follow; they will be judged by God.
This is important for us to remember that no matter who we are or where we are, there are always people that look up to us. There are always folks that think are it. Where we really are "it" or not is not what matters. They think that we are.
We must try to live by God's grace in a way that allows them to see how God wants us to live. Not a perfect life, no one is perfect. But, a life of mercy, of grace, of God's compassion and love. And in living like that, we will show what God wants from His people.
New Testament Lesson
One of the things that happened in Paul's journey was that he got to tell the story of God's salvation over and over again, to many different people. God gave him chance after change to tell what God had done in his life. One of the things we need to always do is to be thankful for all God has done, and share that with each other. It is sharing our faith we are reminded how good God is to us.
If anyone had any reason to be upset or mad, it was Paul. He was beaten, kicked, spit upon, rejected. Yet, he remembered what God had done for him. May we be the same way.
One of the things that Jesus did when He healed or restored people was that He told them, your sins are forgiven. Of all the things that we struggle with in life this may be the deepest and the most. The need to know that we are forgiven. The need to know that the past is the past. The need to know that God has welcomed us back home.
And He has. He has forgiven us. He has welcomed us back home.
Today, through Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.