Scripture: Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, “There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her? Luke 13:14-16 NIV
Observation: The Church leaders, Pharisees, and people in the temple that day were quick to accuse Jesus of “breaking rules” or not doing things acoording to what they thought was right.
Application: This really saddens me. This truth is still one of the biggest stumbling blocks for the church and believers today. We spend way too much time being critical of what other Christians are doing. The way is narrow and scripture tells us that many will be left behind, read Luke 13. Only the Father has the authority to judge and correct us. Therefore set your sights on knowing and sharing all about our Savior; let the Father do the judging.
Prayer: Heavenly father look within me and show me the areas of my life where I am judgmental instead of encouraging. Lord teach me how I can affect your kingdom by loving and encouraging others to seek and know you. Amen