What Jesus Did! 'Murderous Intentions' — Mark 3:6

Monday, February 15, 2016

Then the Pharisees left and made plans with the Herodians about a way to kill Jesus.
— Mark 3:6 NLT
Illustration of Mark 3:6 NLT — Then the Pharisees left and made plans with the Herodians about a way to kill Jesus.

Key Thought

When we get into a defensive posture toward those who disagree with us religiously, we can very quickly find ourselves looking to destroy their argument, destroy their faith, and yes, even destroy them. The Pharisees and the supporters of Herod were bitter enemies. Yet their common hatred of Jesus brought them together to plan what is evil. Hatred and a hard heart go together. Both lead to death—not necessarily the death of the target of our hate, but our own spiritual death. When we find ourselves siding with others who dislike us and when we find ourselves scheming what we know is evil, we must immediately be open to God and ask him to change our ways. We must seek his wisdom and his insight into the situation.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, please guide me into your truth. I want to honor and serve you with my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I don't want my religious passions to be used to lead me astray. Even more, dear Father, I don't want my religious passions to cause harm to anyone, especially those who are seeking you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Mark 10:16-20
  • Luke 22:2
  • John 12:9-11

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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.

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