The scripture reading for today is Isaiah 50; 4-9
4 The Sovereign LORD has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. 5 The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears; I have not been rebellious, I have not turned away. 6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame. 8 He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? Let us face each other! Who is my accuser? Let him confront me! 9 It is the Sovereign LORD who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.
“Simul Justus et Peccator”
Martin Luther was saying, in our justification, we are one and the same time righteous or just, and sinners.
When I read verses like this, I feel at times I have missed the mark living up to that standard and the word. And at times I feel like I have delivered…I have said the right things, done the right things and God’s love flows through me to others.
Prayer Concern – Lord, help us see you in others and give us the right words at the right time to share your love.