What Jesus Did! 'Trying to Justify Ourselves' — Luke 10:29

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But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to Jesus, "But who are these other people I must love?"
— Luke 10:29 NLT
Illustration of Luke 10:29 NLT — But the man wanted to show that the way he was living was right. So he said to Jesus, "But who are these other people I must love?"

Key Thought

So often when the conviction of God's word strikes our hearts, we try to justify ourselves rather than simply throwing ourselves on the mercy of God and changing our hearts and lives. If the expert who had come to test Jesus had honest motives, Jesus' question, affirmation, and reply would have been enough. But, the expert wanted to look righteous more than he wanted to be righteous. How many times does this pattern of behavior reflect you? Let's realize that we cannot justify ourselves, but can find our righteousness only in God's grace given to us in Jesus Christ. Then let's go out and seek to live his life in the world as we are supplied by the power of his Holy Spirit!

Today's Prayer

God, my heavenly Father, forgive me for trying to make myself look righteous when that gift comes only from you. Forgive me for my religious posturing that has kept me from opening my heart up completely to your grace and from living my life in honor of that grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 3:22-27
  • Romans 8:1-4
  • Galatians 5:6

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! 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.