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Human Tradition

Read Deuteronomy 1:1 through 3:11; Mark 7:1–23

Unkindness begets unkindness in human tradition. Those with hurt feelings often react by hurting others. But this tradition does not translate into the kingdom of God. How shall the lost know that there is a Kingdom and that it is different than this worldly one, if Christians respond the same as the unsaved do?

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions” (Mark 7:8).

The people in Jesus’ time concerned themselves more with tradition than with having a heart for God. Following rules and traditions made them appear godly. As people forgot the purposes of the commands—to draw men into right relationship with God—the traditions became the focus, instead of God.

All of God’s commands center around His love. In every situation, determine which response points people to Jesus. Focus on the command to love, and counter ill will with tenderness. Do not revert to human tradition.

Thought for Today: It is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance.

Quicklook: Mark 7:5–13

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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.

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