Good Morning January 2

Jesus had a number conflicts with the religions leaders of His day, especially over the Sabbath laws. He couldn’t break through their religious legalism. Something that hangs on to this day in a number of Christian denominations. They complained about His healing on the Sabbath. He countered with the question of whether it was right to do good or to do evil on the Sabbath. The doing of good superseded strict adherence to the written code. He told them “if you had known what this means, ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT A SACRIFICE,’ you would not have condemned the innocent.”(Matthew 12:7) He was quoting from the Old Testament prophet Hosea which they should have well understood. We have many decisions to make concerning what is right or wrong in various situations. At time we are not 100% sure which is right, but I think Jesus is saying that it is better to err on the side of grace rather than on the law. That doesn’t mean that we can ignore God’s laws. Our Lord does give us a way of life that is for our best, but we grow into that best by small steps. Sometimes it means that we can let one issue go if it means helping a person grow a little closer to the Lord now. Parents know this well. Our kids are not always where we want them to be, but some battles are not worth fighting just now if we can help them grow little in a more important area. We are God’s kids, and we are all seeking to grow more fully in His grace.