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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, September 7

Matthew 9:12-13


On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."


God wants me to show love to everyone, to show His love, through my actions. This means so much more than empty sacrifice, which can at times mean nothing at all. I have to remember this, and examine my heart. Empty giving is empty.


Holy Lord, I am guilty at times of seeing my giving as a sacrifice, even when there is little thought or heart behind it. Change my heart, God. Help me to be kind and merciful, in everything that I do, and may there be mercy and love behind all of my giving. Amen


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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Sep 07, 2023

Thursday, September 7th, 2023

Matthew 9:12-13

But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Jesus is spending time at a table with sinners, with people who desperately need God's mercy. He is like a physician who heals mean hearts, corrupt minds, and lives full of sin. In this scripture we are talking about the unhealthy tax collectors and sinners. Their sin is plain to see. They are the ones Jesus is reclining at Matthew's table. He wasn’t speaking about physical illnesses He was speak…


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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Sep 07, 2023

Matthew 9:12-13


I have always tried my best to serve others as I have seen a need that meets my talents. BUT, I have never felt righteous about it. As a Christian, this is our calling. We know we are all sinners and in need of prayer and comfort. This is what my faith offers me.


Prayer: Gracious God, I thank you for the talents you have given me, and the life and faith that allows me to use them in your name. Amen

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Tom
Tom
Sep 07, 2023

Matthew 9:12-13

“it is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.“ The train wreck that is modern American medicine has turned this logical observation upside down, but this is a discussion for another time. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees who were shocked to see Him sitting and eating with tax collectors and sinners was direct and to the point. Jesus made clear the only sacrifice worth giving to God was that of one’s self in the form of forgiveness and love. The sacrificed blood and burned carcasses of animals were meaningless rituals in the face of deep-seated sin. The Great Physician‘s cure was the mercy of His supreme sacrifice.


Prayer - Merciful God, as I have obtained…


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