Bible Monday 12/17: How Beautiful

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 44:1-26. Verse 21 KJV, what secrets of my heart, good or bad, unknown to other people, are known to God right now? Why does this matter?

Isaiah 52:1-15. Verses 7-12, making this passage my theme for the remaining days of Advent and Christmas, how will it color my thoughts and actions?

Revelation 17:1-6. Besides the obvious sins of the flesh, what sins of the heart and mind and spirit is the Revelator addressing here? Any relevance to me?

Luke 23:26-43. Verse 34, who do I think has offended me unforgivably? Verse 43, what offense of mine might seem unforgivable in the eyes of a holy God and his Son?

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