DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2019 – Legalism Or Love? Written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
TOPIC: Legalism Or Love?
TEXT: Luke 6:1-11
KEY VERSE: “And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath day?” – (Luke 6:1-11).
DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2019 – MESSAGE:
Legalism is described as a philosophical doctrine which focuses on text of written law to the exclusion of its intent. It elevates strict adherence to law over justice, mercy, grace and common sense. Love on the other hand is defined as a feeling of care and mercy towards people or living beings in general.
In our text today, Jesus schooled the Pharisees on what should be the proper attitude to the use of the Sabbath. Two incidents were recorded of how He handled the Sabbath.
First, He defended the actions of His disciples who plucked and ate ears of corn on the Sabbath. Second, He healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath. The Pharisees, moved with legalistic passions, condemned Jesus and His disciples for violating the Sabbath. But He told them that there was nothing wrong about doing good or eating when one is hungry on the Sabbath. The people became enraged at His message and conspired against Him. But the Lord ignored their protest and went ahead to heal the man they never wanted to be healed on the Sabbath.
Today: DCLM Daily Manna 9 August 2019 by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi
Sadly today, some Christians can be so blinded by their denominational dogmas or tradition that they find it difficult to show love to others who are not of their fold or help those who are in need. They even kill, maim or engage in other violent acts against those who do not share their convictions under the guise of defending God or fighting His course.
True believers should not fail to do good to other people just because they want to appear sanctimonious. We must exhibit love, mercy and grace in our dealing with others.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: It is hollow to honour the law without love.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Esther 1-5
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