Sunday, August 20, 2023
From the beginning of God's promise to Abraham to create a great people who honored Him, the Almighty emphasized one foundational principle: You are blessed to be a blessing.  Throughout the Torah, God reminded Israel that they had been hopelessly enslaved, abused, and treated with great injustice in Egypt.  When God delivered them from Egypt, He gave them commands for how they should live. The Lord demanded His people treat each other and those living among them with dignity, compassion, and justice. He revealed that He was righteous in character, gracious with compassion, and faithful in applying justice.  His character needed to be their character: "Be holy as I am holy," God repeatedly told his people. 
God demanded that His people treat people in ways that may not seem logical, politically expedient, or profitable. This commitment to God's nature seems foolish to people lacking God's character, compassion, and justice. They must protect the widow, care for the fatherless and orphans, make provisions to sustain the poor, and treat the foreigners among them with the respect and love God treated them when they were enslaved people in Egypt. Even today, these standards don't make political sense to many people. But, as people who live in relationships with others based on God's righteous character, gracious compassion, and faithful justice, we embrace God's standards until they become our own. After all, He has given us this command!
Holy and righteous Father, conform our ways to Your ways. Transform us by the power of Your Holy Spirit so that our character, compassion, and justice reflect Your own. We ask this in Jesus' name and for the sake of the world so that it might know Jesus. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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