Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | January 22, 2019

“But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.”

Today’s devotion comes from Luke 11:37-41.

“Now when He had spoken, a Pharisee *asked Him to have lunch with him;  and He went in, and reclined at the table.  When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the meal.  But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and of the platter;  but inside of you, you are full of robbery and wickedness.  You foolish ones, did not He who made the outside make the inside also?  But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.”  Luke 11:37-41.

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The meaning of today’s Scripture (“But give that which is within as charity, and then all things are clean for you.”) is that when we love others through the Holy Spirit within us, “the whole Law is fulfilled” and “there is no law” (using the language of the following Scripture), “and then all things are clean” for us.

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”  But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;  for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;  against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:14-23.


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