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 149:1-9. Verse 6 KJV, would others recognize me as a sword-wielding Christian? By what attitudes and practices would this be identified?
Ezekiel 15:1-8. To what excellence or usefulness would I aspire in living my life, lest God be disappointed and regret his kindness to me?
I Corinthians 13:1-13. Who are some of the best examples that I know, for this portrait of Christian love in action? Which verse here can be my starting point to emulate them?
John 3:1-21. Is being "born again" an experience one has at a specific place and time, or a metaphor describing a gradual inner change? Does it matter? Application to me?
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To go deeper, see interpretive notes by Bible scholar Patrick Reardon for many of this week's readings.