Bible Monday 2/12: Unearned

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 9:1-20. Verse 8, in my life or in the wider world right now, where do I long to see God's judgment, for declaring guilt and punishment or innocence and restitution? Prayer point?

Jeremiah 12:1-17. Verse 15, when has God given me a second chance? Do I need that right now? Or do I know someone else who does? What does he require in return? Prayer point?

Romans 4:1-12. Related question, what has God given me that I didn't earn? Am I mindful of that, or sometimes forgetful? How do I show him my gratitude?

Matthew 12:1-8. How can I keep the sabbath in a way that better pleases Jesus and his Father? Which do I more consistently practice, mercy (love in action) or sacrifice (religious piety)?

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