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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for September 5, 2019

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THURSDAY, September 5

Psalm 37:1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; do not be jealous of those who do wrong.

Like the psalmist, we might proclaim that nice guys finish first, but many of us secretly harbor a preference for the rascals. We have aphorisms that reinforce this notion: If you can’t beat them, join them! You have to fight fire with fire. We say Everyone does it! to justify our own less-than-savory choices. By and large, we value boldness over kindness.

Jesus’ life, though, offers an example of boldness rooted not in zero-sum competitiveness but in everyone-wins generosity. The competitive paradigm of winners and losers that permeates our culture is exactly contrary to walking in the Way of Jesus. The way to celebrate and proclaim Christ’s victory is to boldly and confidently work to ensure that everyone around us wins, offering love, kindness, compassion, and mercy.

MOVING FORWARD: Read Psalm 37 today. What is it saying to you?

PRAY for the Diocese of Sokoto (Nigeria)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | 1 Kings 11:1-13 | James 3:13—4:12 | Mark 15:12-21



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