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What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 23

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Scripture:Matthew 23:25-26 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Devotional: In today’s passage Jesus is pointing out greed and self-indulgence as areas where the Pharisees displayed hypocrisy.  He uses the example of a cup and dish that have been cleaned on the outside, but are filthy inside.  Not really much use for that is there?

The same is true for you and me when we are all clean and shiny on the outside, but don’t tend to our inner life.  So let’s take some time today to deal with these two issues that Jesus mentions:  greed and self-indulgence.  Jesus is saying, “clean the inside of the cup and dish”  and the best way to do that is through confession and repentance. 

So take a minute today to examine yourself. Are there any ways that greed and self-indulgence have taken root in your life?  In these days of having so much stripped from our lives, in what areas are you most struggling?  Could these be areas where you are being self-indulgent, and how might you surrender that to God?


  • Spend some time in prayer and reflection and ask God to clean you….from the inside out.

What Hurts the Heart of Jesus? Day 22

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Scripture: Titus 1:16They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him....

Devotional: As we close our series on what hurts the heart of Jesus, there’s likely nothing that does so more than hypocrisy.  In fact, Jesus had the harshest criticism in His ministry years for those who were behaving with hypocrisy.

Christian author Brennan Manning said about hypocrisy. "The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, then walk out the door and deny Him with their lifestyle. This is what the unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable."  No truer words have been spoken.

No doubt you’ve been hurt at some point in your life by someone who said one thing, but did another.  But what is so grievous about hypocrisy in the Christian, is that it can turn people away from Jesus, which is completely the opposite of what we are called to do as His followers. 

Certainly none of us are perfect; we all make mistakes. But now’s a good time to examine and ask yourself, “Am I living an integrated life?”  In other words, is there a gap between what you show, and who you are?  Between what you say, and how you live? Between your public persona and your private character?

These are tough questions to ponder.  But I encourage you to do so with vigorous honesty and with a spirit of humility, so that God would reveal your inconsistencies, that you might be a better witness for Him.


  • Take time to examine yourself with the questions posed above. Spend some time with God seeking His forgiveness in those areas you may discover.

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