Bible Wednesday 3/14: Seventy times Seven

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 119:121-144. Verse 127, if an impartial observer did an audit of the way I live, would he conclude I love God more than gold? What's the evidence on each side?

Jeremiah 42:1-22. Verse 20, related issue. When have I made my mind up before praying and merely tried to use God to validate my self-will, disregarding any contrary answer?

Romans 15:14-21. Who is the most unlikely person I ever talked to about Jesus, the least obvious listener, the furthest from my comfort zone? How did God show up? Who's next?

Matthew 18:21-35. What's the hardest time I ever had with forgiveness, granting it or asking it? How did God show up? Whom do I need to forgive, or seek it from, this Lenten season?

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