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2 May 2023 Word by Senior Pastor, Pastor Darien Choo

Today’s Inspiration: Jesus taught,” But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬ ‭NIV. The religious leaders were against Jesus because He was dining and seating with the tax collectors, which in that era was known for their corruption and unrighteous activities. Jesus said,” it is not the healthy who need the doctor but the sick.” The Pharisees saw Jesus as a teacher but not as the Messiah. They only saw judgement but not mercy, the law but not grace.

Jesus knew the hearts of the Pharisees and also the Tax Collectors. Matthew 9:4. It is easy to see the faults of others but it’s very difficult to our own faults. It is easy to see physical sickness but not the sickness of the soul. What heaven looks like and the citizens of heaven? Will it be filled by the thief at the cross, the adulterous woman at the sand, the woman at the well, the woman with the alabaster jar, the tax collector on the tree, or the man lowered from the roof? God doesn’t just judge by the things that we do but by our hearts. 1 Samuel 16:7. The vision really humble our pride and keep us in the reverence fear of the Lord in bearing fruit of repentance. Matthew 3:8. Christ is not coming for a popular Church but one who knows she is a sinner saved by grace through faith. Ephesians 2:8. God be the glory!

Prayer: O Lord my God, forgive my sins of judging, blaming or criticising others. Remove the blindness to my own fault and lead me to repentance. Reveal the conditions of our hearts and may all roots of bitterness, anger, unforgiveness and resentments be uprooted and cast into the sea. May I desire mercy like you do Lord, and give me a new heart of compassion and grace. Remove all hardness within, in Jesus' Name, Amen.

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