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

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Salt is good. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. So, be full of goodness. And have peace with each other."
— Mark 9:50 NLT
Illustration of Mark 9:50 NLT — "Salt is good. But if the salt loses its salty taste, then you can't make it salty again. So, be full of goodness. And have peace with each other."

Key Thought

Jesus wants us to be people of character—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 state 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 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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