Bible Friday 1/19: Braveheart

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 31:1-24. Verse 24 KJV, where do I especially need courage right now? Does it mean being fearless or facing fear down? This implies it's up to me, but won't God give it if I pray?

Deuteronomy 22:1-30. Allowing, as noted yesterday, that some of these precepts are cultural, outmoded, or flat wrong, are we better off with modern Christianity being so much less morally and ethically assertive than ancient Judaism?

Separately, notice how Jesus applied verse 4 with a sick woman and overruled verse 22 with a sinning woman

Hebrews 9:16-22. Verse 22, is remission of my sins through Christ's blood important to me, or not so much? Why would God have set things up this way?

Matthew 7:1-6. When have I made this mistake, criticizing the speck in the other person's eye while overlooking the log in my own? What did I learn? How am I doing it even now?

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