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Restoring true worship is an essential aspect of our faith journey, as it helps us draw closer to God and experience the joy of His presence. The narrative of Joash’s initiative to revive the long-neglected temple reminds us that worship isn’t confined to rituals but encompasses the state of our hearts and the authenticity of our connection with God. The neglected temple symbolizes our own hearts, which often require renewal and cleansing.
In the final reflection of this series, it is important to remember that Jesus came to save, not to condemn. According to the Bible, Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it. He was given authority to judge, but chose not to at that time. His mission was to provide a way out of judgment and to save the world. Jesus’ purpose was to save, not to condemn. Those who believe in him will not be judged, but will have eternal life. However, those who do not believe in him are already condemned.
Just as Jesus has shown us immeasurable compassion and mercy, we are called to extend the same to ourselves and others. When we perceive our flaws and imperfections in the light of His perfection, we can see others through the lens of understanding, compassionately responding to their shortcomings, and offering support and encouragement.
Mercy Triumphs Based on 10/1/23 sermon, Forgiveness Triumphs Over Judgment. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ ‘No, Lord,’ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’ John 8:10-11 (NLT) REFLECTION: In this powerful and profoundly moving moment, Jesus offers not condemnation but an extraordinary display of mercy to the adulterous woman. As she stands before Him, vulnerable and exposed, expecting…
Jesus’ words in this encounter challenge not only the Pharisees but also us. Often, we carry heavy stones of judgment, conveniently forgetting our own imperfections. When we pass judgment on others, we unknowingly burden ourselves with the weight of our own self-righteousness. Today’s reflection invites us to examine the weight of these stones and their profound impact on our relationships and spiritual journey.
As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd. (John 8:3-4 NLT)
Today, let’s delve into the theme of the “ashes” in our lives, a theme that resonates deeply with the human experience. Just as King David pleaded in Psalm 51, we also seek purification from our sins. Reflect on the ashes you’ve experienced – the regrets, failures, and sins that weigh on your heart.