Bible Thursday 1/11: Salt & Light

Studying this morning's four readings from the St. James Daily Devotional Guide (click to subscribe), I examined myself with these questions. Where is your self-examination leading today?

Psalms 18:1-50. Verse 35, "Thy gentleness hath made me great." Exactly how will I experience God's gentleness today? In what way will I become greater as a result? Will others notice?

Deuteronomy 14:1-29. Verse 22, measured by high, medium, or low, how obedient am I in tithing to the Lord? Motive, attitude, consistency, giving generously from an undivided heart?

Hebrews 6:1-12. Verse 6, is there anything in the dark corners of my heart and mind that could, if let loose, crucify Jesus all over again and shame his name? Action point?

Matthew 5:13-20. To be salt and light through Christ should mean those around me say "Life tastes good" and "Now I see." How and for whom can I have that effect today?

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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.