Lent 2020: Week 6 — Rise

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Modern Art: Matthew 23:13
http://fralfonse.blogspot.com/2010/08/mt-2313-22-to-be-rather-than-to-seem.html?m=1

Matthew 23:13

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. For you do not go in yourselves, and when others are going in, you stop them.”

WHAT GETS A RISE OUT OF YOU?

Rev. Sam shared a story in today’s devotional about a classmate being picked on in high school and how she defended him. Have you every fought for something you felt convicted about. Have you seen injustice and wanted to do something to stop it. After reading the devotional, I immediately remembered an incident when I was maybe 12-13. I was playing softball one summer and I was the youngest girl on the team, everyone else was over 16. My mom was at the game cheering me on, as she always did and one of the older girls for whatever reason called my mom a name I did not approve of (B#%+¥), I came unglued. I went straight at the girl asking for a fight, and she had two sisters there with her and before I knew what was happening I was smack dab in the middle of all of them. I did pretty well, defending myself and my moms honor, not that she really needed me too. I am not condoning fighting by any measure, and yet there are things that sometimes just push our buttons. This particular time I just exploded 🧨💥🔥! I learned later on that my mom was the strongest person I knew, she was brave and confident and simply ask no less from others than she expected of herself, she could defend herself.

If we find ourselves in a place of apathy and indifference, it is at these times we must let God get a rise out of us. Spend time in prayer asking God to help you discern your convictions and ways you might help mitigate the situations.

Go in Peace my dear friends. I pray for you health and safety during these difficult times as we battle COVID-19. STAY STRONG, STAY HOME, and SAVE LIVES!

Practice:

What injustice gets a rise out of you?

Donate to a church or nonprofit seeking to alleviate the suffering of those experiencing it.

ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below. 

~Peace~ειρήνη~Charlotte 🌻🙏🏻❣️

References:

https://biblehub.com/greek/1515.htm

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

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