“And he said also to the people,
When ye see a cloud rise out of the west straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it ye do not discern this time? Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; let he halt thee to the judge,and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.” Luke 12 v54-59 AKJV
To be like Jesus. What is right? Is it about “doing the right thing or getting the right thing right.” There is a book out with that title, a very good book. Many times we focus on what others see in us as doing what we do as right, yet we miss what the right thing is. Not one is perfect, but we all are to work in that direction.
Jesus here is teaching that even in our own ways, our own laws, we go before one another, and we respect those judgments. We know that when no respect is shown for the law, or the judge, our understanding will change when the jail doors are closed. His teaching is that we not polish up the outside in such a way to try and tricks and deception, because his judgment will come and nothing will be hid. Is it better to warn one, or to let them perish? Goodness comes from Godly conviction, it is not condemnation. It is an opportunity to understand good.
Lord, I thank you for this day. Let your mercy and grace be with my family today. Meet the needs of the one today, who has been a selfless, loving and kind one, many times sacrificing of herself for the needs and wants of her children. Amen