Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
One of the dangers of an over-focus on the law is that love can be forced into second place in order of importance. Orthodoxy and the letter of the law can sometimes stifle the freedom necessary to allow for a legitimate plurality of views on the relevant issues at hand. I am not saying that the doctrines of the Church are not correct. When something is wrong then it needs to be labeled as such. However, we do need to have the freedom to express our opinions openly when appropriate. Yes, we should be orthodox in our beliefs but let us always be open to new ways of understanding how to express these beliefs.
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near. 4 John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne. 2: 1 ?To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this: ?The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: 2 ?I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. 3 Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. 4 Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.???
P S A L M
Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
R: Those who are victorious I will feed from the tree of life.
1 Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, 2 but delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night. (R) 3 He is like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season, and whose leaves never fade. Whatever he does, prospers. (R) 4 Not so the wicked, not so; they are like chaff which the wind drives away. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the just, but the way of the wicked vanishes. (R)
G O S P E L
The blind man obviously has great faith in the power of Jesus to heal him as he answers without hesitation when Jesus questions him as to his desires. If he did not believe he would have phrased his answer differently indicating maybe, that Jesus would heal him if it were possible to do so. How do we pray when we are asking the Lord to do something for us? Do we pray with faith or are we hesitant in our request? I wonder if God gets the idea that we believe without doubt that what we ask Him is in His power to give?
35 Now as he approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, 36 and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. 37 They told him, ?Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.? 38 He shouted, ?Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!? 39 The people walking in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent, but he kept calling out all the more, ?Son of David, have pity on me!? 40 Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 ?What do you want me to do for you?? He replied, ?Lord, please let me see.? 42 Jesus told him, ?Have sight; your faith has saved you.? 43 He immediately received his sight and followed him, giving glory to God. When they saw this, all the people gave praise to God.
think: How do we pray when we are asking the Lord to do something for us? Do we pray with faith or are we hesitant in our request?
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