Living to Please God
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Today's scripture includes this passage from the book of Proverbs:

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies,
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

May we strive to be a people who live to please God, knowing that one day we all will have to stand before Him and give an account for our lives. (Romans 14:12)  Therefore, may we endeavor always to walk in humility and grace, and never with an arrogant or defiant attitude; may we speak truthfully to one another, and may we seek to never harm, but always to protect and defend the innocent, including children in the womb, the most vulnerable among us.  May we always seek to do what is right, to live our lives with honesty and integrity, and may we strive to live in unity and harmony with others, rather than sowing division.  Then will the love and grace and blessing of God flow through our lives.

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God.


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But break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue.
— William Shakespeare
Hamlet, Act I, Scene 2