If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 9, Luke 12, Job 27, 1 Corinthians 13. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read 1 Corinthians 13, but take a peek at Luke 12:1-3.
First Corinthians 13 is too good—too convicting—not to read. Verses 1-3 tell us that no accomplishment matters apart from love. Since we all would claim to be loving, verses 4-7 describe for us what love is and is not; what it does and does not do. Think that you’re loving? Are you patient with the struggles of others? Are you kind even when others are not? Are you envious at the blessings and success of others? If so, then you aren’t really loving, no matter what you think.
But, look at Luke 12:1-3. Jesus warned the disciples there about the “yeast of the Pharisees” which he defined as “hypocrisy.” Hypocrisy is like yeast in the sense that a little bit expands until it permeates everything. Are you hard on others for a sin that you secretly enjoy? Do you condemn others who fail to do right even though you don’t do right in that area either? Jesus said: “You’re a hypocrite.” While none of us is perfectly consistent, the hypocrite is harsh when condemning the failings of others; yet, s/he makes excuses for their own failures in the same area. And, since hypocrisy grows and spreads like yeast, eventually your hypocrisy in one area will invade and corrupt other areas of your life. One problem with living in hypocrisy, however, is that eventually your secrets will be known (vv. 2-3). This fact should give us greater sense of humility and a deeper compassion for sinners who may struggle more obviously with the areas where we struggle as well.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.