14 The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. 16 “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing their way into it. 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. 18 “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Am I seeking to justify myself in the eyes of others? Where am I focused on my image or how others perceive me? What information do I feel I need to share with others that is more about puffing myself up than being genuine.
God, help me to trust that you know my heart. Where I am tempted to defend or explain myself, help me to hold my tongue and rest in the truth that you know me. Help me to be a good listener – to others and to you. Help me to value what you value, and to live each day with a clear sense of what truly matters: loving you and loving people. Amen.
Written by Ps. Beth Waugh