RELIGION

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Mark 7:8

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.

O-bservation:

Once again the Pharisees had pulled Jesus into one of their debates. Their debates always concerned themselves with “RELIGION.” Jesus said, “You have left the commands of God and are clinging to your religious traditions.”

A-pplication:

Following the Lord’s commands pleases God, while following the traditions of humanity pleases humanity. “RELIGION” has always had its roots in living up to some man-made tradition or rule that does not protect people, but instead diminishes them. God’s commands are for our protection and best good. “RELIGION” is a laborious quest for the unreachable. Humans keep adding stuff. Look at the US Congress. We have no clue how many, or what, the laws are that they keep adding and amending. That’s a good analogy for human-made “RELIGION.” You’re never sure what the goal is, and you’re never sure if you’re anywhere near reaching it. Personally, I choose Jesus over “RELIGION.” Here’s Jesus’ law … “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor like you love and respect yourself.” For me that spells “JESUS” over “RELIGION.”

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus,

Help me to love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength today and everyday! Amen

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