What Jesus Did! 'A Salty Peace' — Mark 9:50

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

[Jesus continued his teaching,] "Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other."
— Mark 9:50 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:50 NLT — "Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other."

Key Thought

Jesus wants us to be people of godly character — the term "qualities of salt" in this verse refers to people who are holy, righteous, pure, and redemptive in a world that is none of those things. Jesus wants us to live in peace with each other in our local congregations as well as with other believers even if we do not recognize them as being in "our group." Two clear commands — to be at peace and to have a godly influence on those around us — are made without equivocation. Obedience to these two important commands is needed so very much in the divided and worldly surroundings in which believers in Jesus now find themselves.

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, please help me exemplify the desires Jesus has for me — I want to be holy and redemptive as I live before my neighbors, and I want to be at peace with those who share faith in Jesus as Lord. In Jesus' name, I ask for your help in being fully obedient to you in these matters. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • Hebrews 12:14

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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