Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 22, 2015

by Mark LaRocca-Pitts

ScriptureJeremiah 31:31-34

“Yet again, I messed it up. Yet again I fell short of doing what was right. Surely one day God will tire of showing me mercy and forgiveness. God must have a limit!”

Such was the case in ancient times when Israel repeatedly disappointed God and fell short in doing what God wanted them to do. It happened so often that God decided to try something radically different – instead of a set of laws arbitrarily imposed from without, God personally instilled within their hearts, in their inmost being, the awareness of what God wanted for them. The Israelites no longer had to measure up to some outwardly imposed one-size-fits-all standard; instead, God uniquely personalized His teaching to speak to each one of them in their innermost being.

And so it is with us – we no longer need to look to others, to outside institutions and rule books, to determine what is right and wrong. Instead, we only need to look deep within our souls. There, in our inmost being, we will find God’s new covenant – the rule of love, which is the love God has for us and for everyone, and the love we have for God and for everyone. This love that God has for us is so great and overflowing that no matter how often we fall short of showing love to God, to our neighbor, or to our self, God will continue to write anew in our hearts His love for us and for everyone.

Prayer: Dear God, teach me to seek out your love in my inmost being in order that I might share that love with everyone. Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church

 

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