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Catching Your Balance

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices ---- mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law ---- justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter without neglecting the former" (Matt.23:23).

Have you ever watched a girl do an exercise in gymnastics on the balance beam? The girl must do some intricate maneuvers on a beam that is just 10 centimeters (4 inches) wide. While doing these maneuvers, she must maintain her balance on the beam. Losing one's balance by either tottering on the beam or falling off, is a severe deduction in points. Here's the science behind how one remains balanced or stable. "An object will remain stable (balanced) if a vertical line from its center of gravity falls within its base" Did you get that? If that line falls outside of the base, the object will topple over. The Pharisees and Scribes mentioned in today's verse were unstable and therefore, out of balance... They got the giving part (mint,dill, cummin) but did balance it with the more important matters (justice, mercy, faithfulness)... That thing in life that we call balance is one of the most difficult things to achieve. It is so difficult because it entails working on our whole character. There are so many issues involved in being a Christian, and to be a good one we must strive in developing a well-rounded character. The Scribes and Pharisees went wrong in not balancing the "doing" with the "caring..." They always toppled over... Jesus calls us to be balanced in all the important aspects of our lives... Our character must be in harmony with our conduct. If we do not grasp the concept of balancing all the important parts of our lives, we'll fall off the beam every time... More on this tomorrow

Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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