Religion can be a killer (it killed Jesus) or it can be pure. Let’s lose bad religion and live out a beautiful relationship with an amazing Savior.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Luke 11:46 - "Yes," said Jesus, "what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with unbearable religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden.”
Read - Luke 11:37-54
Jesus teaches us to go deeper than surface religiosity and deal with our souls. The good news, of course, is that when our inside is right then the outside follows suit.
Lord, search me from the inside where only You and I know.
James 1:27 is a great verse to remind us what pure religion is in God’s sight.
When we use the word Mended by Christ to explain salvation we could mistakenly think that we are referring to an external act (like mending a sweater). Nope. The work that God does through Christ when we repent of our sins and turn to Christ alone for salvation is a deep work of the soul. Just like in today’s text where Jesus calls us deeper than what shows on the outside, God calls us to be spiritually formed from the inside out.