8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Cornerstone Assembly of God
1350 Heritage Drive | P.O. Box 22
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017
Pastor Curt Thomassen
Associate Pastor Mike Channing
Read Deuteronomy 1:1 through 3:11; Mark 7:1–23
Unkindness begets unkindness in human tradition. Those with hurt feelings often react by hurting others. But this tradition does not translate into the kingdom of God. How shall the lost know that there is a Kingdom and that it is different than this worldly one, if Christians respond the same as the unsaved do?
“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions” (Mark 7:8).
The people in Jesus’ time concerned themselves more with tradition than with having a heart for God. Following rules and traditions made them appear godly. As people forgot the purposes of the commands—to draw men into right relationship with God—the traditions became the focus, instead of God.
All of God’s commands center around His love. In every situation, determine which response points people to Jesus. Focus on the command to love, and counter ill will with tenderness. Do not revert to human tradition.
Thought for Today: It is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance.
Quicklook: Mark 7:5–13
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